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The Inversion of Mysticism: Gelassenheit and the Secret of the Open in Heidegger
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3210-4712
2018 (English)In: Religions, ISSN 2077-1444, E-ISSN 2077-1444, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract: The article explores the topic of Gelassenheit (releasement) in Heidegger, through the lense of the ambiguous role of Christian mysticism in general and Eckhart in particular in and for his thinking. In an analysis of how mysticism appears in his early lectures on religion, it explains why he is critical of this concept and of how it is commonly understood. It also gives reasons for why we too should be cautious in using it to describe his position in his later writings where he explicitly reconnects to themes and concepts from Eckhart. The text provides a critical rehearsal of Eckhart's understanding of both “Abgeschiedenheit” (detachment) and "Gelassenheit" and how Heidegger relates to it both in his early lectures and in his later essays. Ultimately it outlines a phenomenological understanding of what is commonly referred to as a “mystical” comportment more along the lines of a heightened openness and awareness, in Heidegger’s words as a “releasement toward things and an openness to the secret”. Thus, instead of seeing Heidegger’s later writings as a sort of crypto-mysticism, the text seeks to show how his critical appropriation of Eckhart explicitly points beyond a standard dichotomy between the rational and the mystical, in an effort to develop a comportment of thinking than can respond to the demand of modern technological predicament.

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2018. Vol. 10, no 1, article id 15
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Heidegger; Eckhart; mysticism; Gelassenheit (releasement); open; secret
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Philosophy
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37194DOI: 10.3390/rel10010015Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060183175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37194DiVA, id: diva2:1276623
Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved

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