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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Harry Binswanger on the Absurdity in Heidegger’s Thought

In few words, Harry Binswanger has explained the absurdity in Heidegger’s pronouncement, “The Nothing nothings.”

“A more famous sin against philosophical grammar is displayed in Martin Heidegger’s pronouncement, “The Nothing nothings.” (“Das Nichts nichtet.”) [Heidegger, 1929] Likewise, his question: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” misuses the term “why,” ignoring the fact that it is a request for the identification of a cause. The expanded meaning of his pseudo-question would be: “What is the something that causes there to be something rather than nothing?”—which is unintelligible. The same statement also reifies “nothing,” treating it as a thing rather than as the absence of a delimited positive (as in “There is nothing in my pocket” — i.e., none of the palpable physical objects that might have been there.)”

(Source: 'How We Know' by Harry Binswanger, Chapter -‘Logic: Practice', Page: 245)

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