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A Poetics of Homecoming: Heidegger, Homelessness and the by Brendan Odonoghue

By Brendan Odonoghue

This research addresses a urgent nervousness of our time - that of homelessness. Tersely said, the philosophical importance of homelessness in its extra smooth context might be understood to emerge with Nietzsche and his discourse on nihilism, which signs 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 nation of homelessness, and even as illumine the level to which Heidegger's suggestion engages with this pervasive phenomenon. In wondering the character of homelessness Heidegger's preoccupations with nihilism and sleek expertise end up the most important. in addition, his makes an attempt to beat or organize for the overcoming of this nation of homelessness also are of serious import to the present research. Adorno and Levinas supply scathing reviews of Heidegger's inspiration 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 gentle the dangers eager about venture a homecoming enterprise, they usually additional express how an excellent philosopher can err enormously. even if acknowledging the relevancy of those criticisms, this examine unearths how Heidegger's a variety of discourses on homelessness and homecoming endure fruitful insights that 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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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.

44) Moreover, Heidegger also argues the all poems written by poets who have entered into their poethood are poems of homecoming. (EHP, p. 221) 58 Gilles Deleuze, ‘Nomad Thought’, trans. David B. Allison in The New Nietzsche, Contemporary Styles of Interpretation, Cambridge: The MIT Press 1999, p. 149. ”59 He further condemns Heidegger for his appeal to the notion of ‘rootedness’ regarding it as an ultimately empty concept. ”60 Lévinas is also a stern critic of Heidegger’s emphasis on autochthony and all that comes with it.

Nonetheless, at the risk of over simplification a broad distinction can be made between an ancient or traditional philosophical understanding of homelessness and homesickness and a more modern sense of homelessness and homesickness. The ancient/traditional philosophical sense of homelessness is evident amongst the Orphic, Pythagorean, Platonic, Gnostic and Christian movements, among others, in which the human body and the world it is born into are perceived as being states of exile, states in which the human soul having suffered a failing of the wing finds itself in this earthly realm where it is not truly at home.

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