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Late 19th, early 20th, philosophy came to be identified with sociology. This was a response to the totalitarianism of science.

Critical Theory arose to counter and dismantle authoritarian thought systems.

Heidegger was part of this movement, but far more complex in his approach than the other more simplistic models on offer.

Heidegger realised that Being is epochal. In his theory of gestell, or enframing, the epoch of the technological world order is the completion of metaphysics.

Heidegger said that in the enframing lies the saving power itself. - i.e. the overcoming of metaphysics:

An excellent way of approaching enowning (Ereignis) would be to look into the essence of enframing (Ge-stell) insofar as it is a passage from metaphysics to another thinking (“a Janus head,” as it is called in On Time and Being), for enframing is essentially ambiguous. “The Principle of Identity” already says: enframing (the gathering unity of all ways of positing (Weisen des stellens)) is the completion and consummation of metaphysics, and at the same time the disclosive preparation of enowning (Ereignis). (Four Seminars)

Heidegger was wrong. Being will not be realised through enowning (Ereignis).*

Heidegger did not live to see the rise of liquid modernity and electronic technologies. The enframing aspect of technology that he was talking about was based on machines and heavy modernity. We are now in the epoch of liquid modernity, the shift from mechanics to digital electronics.

Digital media connect everyone, making everyone vulnerable to the imposition of potentially controlling ontologies.

The newly dominant ontology is unicultural one-worldism. Multiple realities and grounds of being are being crushed as the globalist cultural monopoly emerges as the new moral order.

The so-called deconstructionist philosophies commonly grouped together under the label of post-modernism have conceptualised a food mixer effect that has broken down multiple grounds of being into a single mélange of infinite interpretation. The new onto-theology that has resulted is thus founded upon the One and the Infinite i.e. the same foundation of all onto-theologies in ages past.

The grip of metaphysics is stronger than ever.

*Ereignis is the happening of truth and is associated with related terms such as ‘the clearing’, ‘being’, ‘the being of beings’, ‘presence’, or ‘presencing’. But it is also an act of appropriation, an experience: the ‘event’ appropriates us. Hence the enowning translation of Ereignis in the passage quoted.

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Schelling's romantic Spinozism Schelling's romantic Spinozism
Schelling ultimately is a Spinozist, i.e. holds a worldview best summed up by the Spinozist credo that freedom is the recognition of necessity.

In Schelling’s romantic Spinozism there is heroism in standing up to necessity, but there is tragedy in succumbing to the inevitable.
John Dunn

Just a thought: In the way that Derrida oversaw the removal of all meaning from all texts, leaving one textual mélange of infinite possibilities, we have again arrived at the One and the Infinite. The Oneness of the post-structural world is now the philosophical, or onto-theological, authority for globalism. John Dunn

Demolishing the house of being Demolishing the house of being
In the mould of Martin Luther, Heidegger may only have wanted to ‘stake out the positive possibilities’ of tradition, but he opened a Pandora’s Box in doing so. Derrida delved into the box and found a way of deconstructing the whole of tradition rather than revitalising it.
John Dunn


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