The Other Beginning of Philosophy

16 JULY 2021

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Pen Drawing by Ikue Nakagawa

The end of philosophy is an accomplishment that opens a passage to something else or to nothing at all.
Philosophers have interpreted the world. Scientists have made it into a mastered technical world. It remains to be seen whether there is a beyond to mastery.
This is not a matter of debate. There is nothing to discuss: everything has to assert itself and the everything-other or the nothing-of-everything will manifest itself.

                 other philosopher determined philosophy’s directions more than Heidegger in recent decades, to the point of it being held hostage within a corpus which has come to have mystical and spiritual force. Jean-Luc Nancy’s wager is that we either surrender to it – instead of letting the philosophical chatter senselessly spreading everywhere which has nothing to do with philosophy – or begin again. It is here that what Heidegger himself received as philosophy becomes important. This history of philosophy that Heidegger himself received, like all canons, leaves out questions, texts, concepts and inventions which were taking place beyond what it could recognise as philosophy. The question « what is philosophy? » was determined at first by theologies, which took possession of the « The End of All Things »; and then philosophy surrendered the concepts and concerns which were its circulatory system to the sciences. It was an impoverished philosophy which could only wage a war for meaning and culture that came under Heidegger’s consideration. We can begin again, provided we do not attempt to philosophise according to the ‘logics’ of Heidegger’s system and follow its list of ‘tasks’. We begin again by taking the questions philosophy surrendered to religions and to the sciences, and it might require that we re-think our relation to logic itself.


Philosophy World Democracy Editorial Team