Posts Tagged ‘Being in the world’

”BEING IN THE WORLD”’, a documentary directed by Tao Ruspoli, takes us on a journey around the world to meet philosophers influenced by the thought of Martin Heidegger, as well as experts in the fields of sports, music, craft, and cooking, in a celebration of human beings, and our ability to find meaning in life through the mastery of physical, intellectual, and creative skills.

We quickly move beyond the Greeks and then beyond Descartes’ mentalist notion (“I think therefore I am”) of reality to Martin Heidegger’s conception: reality and meaning exist where minds interact with the world.

We see humans at work and at play: juggling, doing high-precision Japanese carpentry, flamenco, and cooking gumbo. While we watch them work and struggle to introspect and talk about their art and their craft, we also hear Hubert Dreyfus and his students reflect on Heidegger and his philosophy.

Our artisans confess that they cannot explain in rational terms how they do what they do. The being is in the doing. Interviews and action intertwine to make a challenging philosophy clear to the lay-viewer.


Heidegger and Realism.

some background reading.



“The forest clearing [or opening] is experienced in contrast to dense forest, called Dickung in our older language.

The substantive Lichtung goes back to the verb lichten. The adjective licht is the same word as “open.”

To open something means to make it light, free and open, e.g., to make the forest free of trees at one place. The free space thus originating is the clearing.

What is light in the sense of being free and open has nothing in common with the adjective “light” which means ‘bright,” neither linguistically nor factually.

This is to be observed for the difference between openness and light. Still, it is possible that a factual relation between the two exists.

Light can stream into the clearing, into its openness, and let brightness play with darkness in it. But light never first creates openness. Rather, light presupposes openness. However, the clearing, the open region, is not only free for brightness and darkness but also for resonance and echo, for sound and the diminishing of sound.

The clearing is the open region for everything that becomes present and absent.”
–Martin Heidegger, The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking