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Caputo (MEHT:140-141) – o homem é fundamentalmente sem por quê

quinta-feira 22 de setembro de 2022


Having carried out our survey of the main lines of Meister Eckhart  ’s spirituality, we are now in a position to turn to the central focus of this work, that is, to the kinship between thinking and mysticism  , between Heidegger   and Eckhart. For we must not forget the provocative statement which Heidegger made in SG [1] and which gives impetus to this study. Speaking of Angelus Silesius  ’s verse ‘’The Rose Is Without Why,” Heidegger writes:

What is unsaid in the sayingand everything depends on thisis rather that man, in the most hidden ground of his essence, truly is for the first time, when he is in his own way like the rosewithout why. (SG [GA10], 72-3)

Here Heidegger himself tells us that the mystical rose in Silesius’s poem, which is as we have seen a poetic expression of Eckhart’s teaching on the soul  , is also a model in terms of which we can understand man and thinking. Thinking can be understood by meditating upon the model of the mystical rose. Then, after making such a provocative suggestion, Heidegger adds:

We cannot pursue this thought any further here. (SG [GA10], 73)

It is in a sense   the whole aim of this study, and particularly of this chapter, precisely to pursue this thought further. We have a much fuller sense of what Silesius’s verse means because we have gone back to its origins in Meister Eckhart’s mysticism. Now our task is to relate what we have learned by listening to Meister Eckhart’s sermons to Heidegger’s later writings. Now we must undertake an explication of the analogy between Heidegger and Meister Eckhart. But before we plunge into that task I would like to address myself to two preliminary considerations.


[1GA10 Der Satz vom Grund. 3. Auflage. Pfullingen: Verlag Günther Neske, 1965.