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.
From inside distress, what could be called the National Socialist mistake, Heidegger encounters an anxiety/dread that presses his thought to reconsider the centrality of ereignis, a more difficult way of "thinking" about “being. The intensity and frequency of the distress experienced in the going under is dependent on memory and knowing-awareness. It seems the action of seeking the life gives being (ereignis) also creates the ground and sheltering space into which the seeker enters. This strange moment of multiple possibilities indicate a pataphysics, not metaphysics. In this very observation, The One to Come is a groundbreaking study. How else to discuss the preparing/seeking/thinking thinker who becomes the gateway who discloses the site/domain/ground that is “enopened” or refused outside the crossroads. In other words, it’s precisely between the gateway and crossroads that being is invited and encountered. It needs to be noted that such an encounter is not abstract; it is present and metabolic. It is physical. (Here a detour into Heidegger’s interpretation of Early Greek Thinking will be essential.) In this section, Heidegger also dissociates from early certitudes about being and further delinks being from a still-too-metaphysical expression of ontology found in Being and Time as well as from some kind of phenomenological certitude (Husserl, Sartre).
This chapter is essentially a meditation on the insights so far offered as well as a specific inquiry into grounding/en-grounding/ab-grounding. For Heidegger, seeking bring the human being/seeker first into a newly actualized ereignis but the actualization process does not manifest being-itself. A detour will be offered into territorialization/deterritorialization as articulated by Deleuze and Guattari.
Before reverence, before awe, before grace, before submission, before the encounter with ereignis there is an activity, an activation, some kind of driving wheel mechanism in the spirit of Nietzsche’s “eternal recurrence” slowly releases a new possibility. In the case of Heidegger’s intervention with ereignis this could be called “illumination.” A new reality emerges from within seeking; it depends on how you listen, where you look, how well you have been prepared as a seeker for ereignis which again is alive, metabolic, flowing in multiple directions (past/present/future). This understanding of being is quite different from the 1927 insights found in Being and Time especially considering that dasein was driving in a post-Hegelian way toward an accumulative event, the One. While following this “One” (national socialism, the advent of Adolf Hitler) the many was made present as Heidegger himself went under the spell, fell under the weight of his decision to align his work and thinking with the Reich. Dasein was not actualized in the mid-1930s as Heidegger had hoped; it was the abground itself that revealed ereignis as process, as a “way,” as a constant state of inquiry that does not find solace in the metaphysics of exclusion and conclusion.
A revisiting of the parados found at the conclusion of Itself in a way that invites a deeper understanding of that which is “revealed” in this somewhat circuitous, paradoxical, and deeply pataphysical process. This chapter will at first read like a detour but it will be constructed as a meticulous announcement for the next section.
to be continued...
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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