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By Martin Heidegger

Identity and Difference involves English translations of 2 little-known lectures given in 1957 by means of Martin Heidegger, "The precept of Identity" and "The Onto-theo-logical structure of Metaphysics." either lectures speak about the tricky challenge of the character of identification within the background of metaphysics. A beneficial creation and a listing of references also are supplied by means of the translator, Joan Stambaugh.

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N. n. n and systematic thinking into. phy. ctrinal structure. phy and its 44 relation to history? They mean to suggest that, for Hegel, the matter of thinking is in itself historical-but historical in the sense of occurrence. character of thinking is determined by the dialectic of Being. For Hegel, the matter of thinking is: Being, as thinking thinking itself; and thinking comes to itself only in the process of its speculative development, thus running through stages of the variously developed, and hence of necessity previously undeveloped, forms.

But -logy hides more than just the logical in the sense of what is consistent and generally in 58 I he nature of a statement, what structures, moves, secures, and wmmunicates all scientific knowledge. In each case, the -Logia is I he totality of a nexus of grounds accounted for, within which Ilexus the objects of the sciences are represented in respect of their p;round, that is, are conceived. Ontology, however, and theology lire "Logies" inasmuch as they provide the ground of beings as such and account for them within the whole.

How can such an entry come about? By our moving away from the attitude of representational thinking. This move is a leap in the sense of a spring. The spring leaps away, away from the habitual idea of man as the rational animal who in modern times has become a subject for his objects. Simultaneously, the spring also leaps away from Being. But Being, since the beginning of Western thought, has been interpreted as the ground in which every being as such is grounded. Where does the spring go that springs away from the ground?

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