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By Brendan Odonoghue

This research addresses a urgent anxiousness of our time - that of homelessness. Tersely said, the philosophical value of homelessness in its extra smooth context will be understood to emerge with Nietzsche and his discourse on nihilism, which indications the lack of the top values hitherto. Diverging from Nietzsche, Heidegger translates homelessness as a symptom of the oblivion of being. the aim of the current enquiry is to carefully confront humanity's country of homelessness, and while illumine the level to which Heidegger's inspiration engages with this pervasive phenomenon. In wondering the character of homelessness Heidegger's preoccupations with nihilism and sleek know-how turn out the most important. in addition, his makes an attempt to beat or arrange for the overcoming of this country of homelessness also are of serious import to the present research. Adorno and Levinas provide scathing reviews of Heidegger's suggestion because it pertains to the motifs of homelessness, homecoming (Heimkunft) and the German Heimat, as they affiliate it with provincialism and paganism, and so they declare it keeps surreptitious and pernicious political implications. In offering those opinions they bring about to mild the dangers thinking about venture a homecoming enterprise, and so they extra express how a good philosopher can err vastly. even supposing acknowledging the relevancy of those criticisms, this research finds how Heidegger's numerous discourses on homelessness and homecoming undergo fruitful insights which could give a contribution not only to a Germanic feel of homecoming yet to a feeling of homecoming that humanity at huge can relate to and be enriched by way of.

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However, the criticisms leveled against him must be taken on board and if done so appropriately they can help pave the way for a broadened, more enlivened investigation into Heidegger’s texts. Overview of the Homecoming Venture The opening two chapters of this venture can be viewed as preparatory chapters as they pave the way for the investigation into Heidegger’s extensive thinking on the homeless nature of the human being and how this state may be countered by undergoing a poetic homecoming. Chapter one: ‘Philosophy as Homelessness and Homesickness’ deals predominately with the pervasive problem of ‘homelessness’ as it encountered within the philosophical tradition and other forms of discourse that properly speaking, aren’t philosophical at all.

Adorno, The Jargon of Authenticity, trans. Knut Tarnowski and Fredric Will, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1973, p. 56. , p. 57 61 Emmanuel Lévinas, Entre Nous: On Thinking-of-the-Other, trans. M. Smith and B. Harshav, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998, p. 117. 62 Emmanuel Lévinas, “Heidegger, Gagarin, and Us”, p. 232 63 Jacques Derrida, ‘Violence and Metaphysics’ in Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass, London: Routledge, 2001, p. 181. 64 For Lévinas, the home realizes its potential for being a place of dignity when it becomes open to the Other.

This in turn may of course be associated with ‘enlightenment’, ‘liberation’, and other concepts of mystical union common to many Eastern and Western traditions. Many scholars have compared Plotinus’ teachings to the Hindu school of Advaita Vedanta (advaita ‘not two’, or ‘non-dual’). Turning to the Medieval cosmology supported by Christianity, it is apparent that within this tradition humanity’s homelessness or feeling of exile is once again attested to. , p. 339) 28 Cf. John Dillon’s introduction to The Enneads, p.

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