by Robert Craig Baum
"Inception" is an overview of Robert Craig Baum's next project, The One to Come (a meditation on the final moments of Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy: Ereignis.
On Scenes will publish this work in seven parts across Fall 2017
These are intended as announcements, part of the introduction. This is not an article.
Introduction to the de/territorialization strategy (Deleuze/Guattari) of the National Socialist problem and where Contributions to Philosophy is constructed as the most important resource for understanding Heidegger’s ecstatic embrace of the emerging Nazi state. Heidegger may view the incoming regime as “mace bearers” (logos) of the “truth of be-ing” and constructs the ones to come as the “stillest witness” to the “stillest stillness.” The life-giving (ereignis) impulses of the mace bearers turn the truth back into what is ownmost, simultaneously creating and unnerving the being sheltered by be-ing. The auditory, perhaps even premonitory, insights of the ones to come create conditions for lingering (what I call “headphones on” in Itself) that create an almost defensive position designed to withstand the thrust of being that arrives with the future-now (Foucault/Deleuze). This section concludes with a mapping of the guiding attunement and inceptual thinking Heidegger discloses by way of echoing, leaping, grounding, playing-forth, bringing forth.
This chapter highlights the presentational thinking (as well as inceptual and later pataphysical) Heidegger practices in his composition of Contributions to Philosophy, a descriptive almost representational dialectic versus an affected (pataphorical) way of thinking practiced within the whole of inceptual thinking (note the sound design embrace of my discourse and Heidegger’s deliberate use of sonorous thinking). I will make a slight detour into Gregory Bateson’s “relational thinking” found in A Sacred Unity as well as “anti-dialectical” thinking of Deleuze & Guattari to stretch into contemporary thinking ideas from Heidegger’s Contributions. The presence or liveness (Ausslander) of the presencing of being creates a looping effect thereby encouraging the reader to explored the various crescendos of the grounding attunement while simultaneously mapping the historical accumulation of reservedness to achieve meaning from within the enthinking of ereignis. Contemporary film examples will include Dancer in the Dark (1999) and music expressions of this attunement will be explored in Kronos Quartet’s “Spectre” (from Short Stories) and Howard Jones’ techno remix of “Things Can Only Get Better.”
Spirit of Courage
The intense crescendo of being-attuned presents a spirit of courage, what Heidegger calls an attunal knowing will of enowning. Here I trace the notion of attunement from Nietzsche through Jaspers and Husserl. Here echo, leap, grounding, playing forth circulate as part of the guiding attunement that provokes an unfolding of deep awe and the shock of being’s abandonment.
Let the echo be enacted in thinking where the echo is Being and Time in search of an actualized moment. This chapter also engages Sanfranski’s biography sections on Heidegger’s National Socialist embrace by way of an exploration of the attuned knowing will and grounding attunement crescendo of being aligned in the unfolding of the ones to come. This chapter also explores how this attunement is circulated by the last god which in the case of pre-war Germany Heidegger confuses with National Socialism.
Robert Craig Baum is the author of Itself (Atropos 2011) and Thoughtrave: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga (punctum, 2016). He is a philosopher, writer, producer, and philanthropist from Long Island, New York. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and four boys where he just completed his first industry screenplay and remains fast at work on THYSELF (follow-up to 2017 book).
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