For Work / Against Work
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Poetry, Language, Thought

by Heidegger, Martin (1971)


Poetry, Language, Thought collects Martin Heidegger's pivotal writings on art, its role in human life and culture, and its relationship to thinking and truth. Essential reading for students and anyone interested in the great philosophers, this book opens up appreciation of Heidegger beyond the study of philosophy to the reaches of poetry and our fundamental relationship to the world. Featuring "The Origin of the Work of Art," a milestone in Heidegger's canon, this enduring volume provides potent, accessible entry to one of the most brilliant thinkers of modern times.

Key Passage

[Extract from: The Origin of the Work of Art]-In accordance with what has so far been explained, the meaning of the noun "Ge-Stell" frame, framing, framework, used on page 62, is thus defined: the gathering of the bringing-forth, of the letting-come-forth-here  into the rift-design as bounding outline (peras). The Greek sense of morphe as figure, Gestalt, is made clear by "Ge-Stell," "framing," so understood. Now the word "Ge-Stell," frame, which  we  used  in  later writings  as the explicit key expression for the  nature of modern technology, was indeed conceived in reference to that sense of frame (not in reference to such other senses as bookshelf or montage, which it also has). That context is essential,  because  related to  the destiny of Being. Framing, as the nature of modern technology,  derives from the Greek way of  experiencing  letting-lie-forth, logos, from the Greek poiesis and thesis. (p.83)


Poetry, Heidegger, Art, Aesthetics, Culture, Artwork, Artist, Poetry, Twentieth Century


The Origin of the Work of Art [1936], Poetry, Language, Thought, Heidegger Citations

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