Desire, Beyng, event

principles of a minimal Heideggerianism

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Heidegger, Nietzsche, psychoanalysis, desire, capitalism

Abstract

Heidegger’s philosophy no longer provokes us today as it once did. In this essay, I outline three principles of a minimal Heideggerianism – psychoanalytically inflected and stripped of all dubious mysteriological imagery – that brings Heidegger’s thought up to date and allows it to speak to the exigencies of the present. These principles are as follows. First, the historical ‘destiny’ of humanity has unfolded along a single trajectory culminating in modern techno-capitalism qua total world-picture that corresponds most perfectly and completely to the internally self-defeating structure of desire. Second, what Heidegger calls Beyng is the master name for the general loss or lack that drives this destiny inexorably onward; Beyng thus has no positive content other than its irrecoverable absence. Third, the event cannot be understood as the promise of an ultimately fulfilling reunification with Beyng à venir, but only as a traversing of the fundamental fantasy of such unification.

Author Biography

Andrew Jorn, Tsukuba Gakuin University

Andrew Tyler Jorn earned his PhD in philosophy from Warwick University in 2013. He has taught at the University of North Dakota, Warwick University, and George Washington University. He is currently an assistant professor in the International Liberal Arts department at Tsukuba Gakuin University in Japan, where he teaches courses in the humanities and social sciences.

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Published

2022-01-15

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Academic Articles