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Tuštumos Problematika Heideggerio Filosofijoje: Komparatyvistiné Analizé
The Question of Emptiness in Heidegger’s Philosophy: A Comparative Analysis

Author(s): Agnieška Juzefovič
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Existentialism, East Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Ontology
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Martin Heidegger; Daoism; emptiness; letting-be; language;

Summary/Abstract: This article deals with the question of emptiness in Heidegger’s philosophy, examining topics such as non finito, un-thought, silence, and ambiguity, which became particularly important in Heidegger's later works. Special attention is paid to the question of interfaces between Heidegger’s and Chinese, particularly Daoist, conceptions of emptiness. My aim is to argue that, particularly in his later period, Heidegger had a sincere interest in Eastern thought, particularly in Daoism and Zen Buddhism, where he found some ideas that were close to his own way of thought - for example, emptiness, nothingness, and non-action. The question of influence‘ of Eastern thought on Heidegger’s work - while interesting, is of secondary significance in comparison with the independent congruence of ideas. So, this essay isn’t devoted exclusively to a comparative analysis of Heidegger’s philosophy and Asian thought. Rather, the author is interested in Heidegger’s interpretation of emptiness, which she found particularly original and insightful. The author shows that the emptiness found in Heidegger’s thought can have different faces - to be for example empty of possibilities or the emptiness of a thing (vessel). The emptiness discussed in Heidegger’s thought could arise as an opening or be the result of appropriation, as well as letting-be or releasement.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 56
  • Page Range: 178-188
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Lithuanian