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Heidegger on Pindar’s “Gold” and Heraclitus’s “Kosmos” as Being Itself

(Original title: Heidegger on Pindar’s “Gold” and Heraclitus’s “Kosmos” as Being Itself)
Filozofia, 72 (2017), 5, 347-356.
Type of work: Articles
Publication language: English

This essay draws on texts not translated into English as yet, in particular Heidegger’s brilliant 1943 lecture course on Heraclitus, to show how Heidegger understood Pindar’s “gold” and Heraclitus’s “kosmos” as early Greek names for Being itself (Sein selbst). The “gleaming” and “adorning” “kosmos” − which the later Heidegger understood to be “world” (Welt) in the fullest and richest sense − is not in the first place any kind of transcendental-phenomenological “projection” of the human being; it is rather the resplendence of the “ever-living” Being-unfolding-way itself from out of which both the gods and human beings − indeed all beings and things − come to pass and pass away.


Being itself, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Kosmos, Physis, Pindar

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