Friday, January 5, 2018

The Element of the Flow of Being might be sought by coming aware of its drawing forth 


But do we really proceed from a numerically indeterminate sum when we count beings? 
Do we mean the beings, from which we proceed and out of which we select an individual, 
in the aforementioned character of numerical indeterminacy? Do we encounter the beings 
out of which we seize and select countable individualsas numerically indeterminate? 
Do we mean anything like this, and do we take the beings to signify the numerically
 indeterminate sum when we, for example, say that the sciences study beings and are 
divided into separate regions of beings? Obviously not. Beings are in no way numerically 
indeterminate. On the contrary, we encounter them as not at all numerical and thus also not 
indeterminate compositions. The beings In no way mean for us a kind of sum, be it determinate 
or indeterminate. 


There are all kinds of things, and they all are. They are the same in that they all are. And yet they are 
different each one from each one. That they are does not name the sameness, nor does it name the 
difference. That they are is contrasted with that some things are not. To not be is something that is. That they are does not name 
being in the name we would name if we could, but rather suggests it. That they are names the fact 
that a thing, a door, the rosy toes of the dawn (i.e., the morning clouds), the idea of restricting
foreign investment for the sake of the interests of the country, and the number 4, is. To say something is, 
is not to say that all things are. Yet, to say that all things, summed up, are, as to say, that they make 
up a world, does not here speak of the is as the is that is only suggested by the logos we are now 
laying out in this paragraph. 

The question about counting up, about summing up, is not the question of formal mathematics. 
A book is one, one book. A mathematical unit only exists in the mind capable to think mathematically. 
One book is not one unit. The saying of infinity means infinite units, it means that at whatever number 
we are at, 3980, we can always find one higher, the next unit. The same is not true of what one counts.
Yet, in counting we think already of this concrete more. A library, so long as it exists, might always 
acquire more volumes. What does number mean here? Does the meaning refer to the world as the 
summed whole? As all things? Not at all. The meaning makes us want to speak of an a priori. And 
yet where is it? One says that causality, under Kant’s interpretation of the writings of David Hume,
proved to be not a matter of associationist psychology, but a basic undeveloped feature of any 
experience. A basic feature that pointed to a source neither formal in the sense of what is essentially 
experienced in any looking upon a thing, that what is massive must be solid, or, on the other hand, 
this basic feature is not accidental, in the sense that one might always come across a tree that does 
not grow towards the sun. Rather, Kant says here, Hume has not considered the genetic fallacy. 
Which is to say, the dark origin of causality in no way makes it disputable, unreliable. However, 
the region of pistis, of reliability, which Plato identifies, and always can not fully disambiguate from, 
idea or eidos. The basic is the region prior to the division of perception and being.

In what follows we go towards the analysis of eidos, as it becomes for Aristotle the split between 

form and hyle. Hyle is a feature that belongs only to the mind (or, does it?, for Aristotle speaks of 
a strange region in what follows), motion, just as is the region of mathematics 
when it means the region of what always is, as the timeless, where 5 always follows 6 and one need 
not wait for it to follow. And yet, within this region, thought phenomenologicaly, one waits. The waiting is
not that of waiting for the 4 to become 5, and the 5 to reach 6. Rather, it is the experience of  
mathematical thinking in its concrete abstraction. Which is to say, the abstraction is experienced as
much as is the concrete. What one must see in what follows in the Methodos, is the holding together
of all these considerations in the space of the basic, in the dark turning the logos when it speaks from
itself as it is itself spoken according to the history of being. One must see that Aristotle here is 
Aristotle for the ergon of Heidegger, because and only because in genuine confrontation the 
awesomely revealing play of being is drawing forth the investigation. Which is to say, it is wrong 
to read Heidegger as an interpreter of Aristotle or as an Aristotelian, but rather this ergon, that of the
work named by the rubric Heidegger, seeks the essential flow of being. It seems that Heraclitus
spoke onticly, which is clear in his student’s refutation, which denies number to the stream. 
This fundamental ontology always speaks illicitly, by rubric, of something unfound in a seeking 
that wants to seek like the question that is only put, having or being a consternation that is put in
the strange happening of being. And yet, indeed, it does not seek to be overtaken by the inner abyss, 
which has forgotten its creation, but rather, to what lengths does the question go to be more than 
a basic question? Everything is lacquered, like the almost imperceptible smile on a face, with 
awareness of genuinely questioning and entering the question.

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