Cologne, 18 March 1998
Toma Tasovac schrieb:
> 1. Why does freedom as the-letting-beings-be [das Seinlassen von
> Seiendem] disclose beings and conceal *beings as a whole*?
> 2. What is the difference between beings and beings as a whole?
> 3. Why is it the case that "the openedness of beings as a whole does not
> coincide with the sum of all immediately familiar beings"?
Toma, I take it that you are referring to section ?5. The Essence of Truth? in
_Vom Wesen der Wahrheit_ in which Gestimmtheit (attunedness) is dealt with.
The essencing of truth discloses beings in their being. Such disclosure enables
Dasein to comport itself towards this being or that. But the essencing of truth
is also (and simultaneously!) a holistic happening; beings as a whole are
disclosed (entborgen) or, as I prefer to say: de-crypted. (Think of the crypt as
a place of shelter.) This wholeness of disclosure or de-cryption affects, or
touches Dasein, i.e. Dasein is open to this wholeness of disclosure _in its
wholeness_ in and _as_ mood, i.e. Dasein is always attuned with the wholeness of
this happening in one way or other, even though it may not be able to ?define?
and ?grasp? (com-prehend) what precisely is going on. (In defining and grasping,
beings are brought to stand in under-standing.)
The ?openness of beings as a whole does not coincide with the sum of beings that
are currently known? (_Wegmarken_ 190), because this wholeness itself affects
Dasein as attunedness. By adding up one being after another, one will never come
across the phenomenon of attunedness or moodedness. Moodedness is another
dimension altogether of Dasein?s openness to truth?s (play-ful) essencing. In
SuZ Heidegger calls this openness of Dasein to attunedness ?Angaenglichkeit?,
which is its _ontological_ ?status? of being open to the wholeness of being in
its de-cryption (disclosure). Only Dasein is open to attunedness as such because
only Dasein is open to beings as a whole in their wholeness.
Why is this openness to beings as a whole in attunedness a concealment
(en-cryption, hiding, closure)? Because Dasein, in its everyday comportment,
directs its (focus of) attention towards the beings it is currently concerned
with; the wholeness of beings as a whole recedes into the background, and is
thus concealed, whilst at the same time _making itself present_ (presenting
itself) in the wholeness of a mood. The mood is always the mode in which Dasein
is currently in the world. Moods are always whole, even though they may also be
So disclosure and closure, revealing and concealing, decryption and encryption
are happening ?all the time? in the play of truth?s essencing. Truth is the
on-going going-on of being in its decryption and encryption. The world itself is
this play of truth in particular beings and in beings as a whole.
For example, as Dasein shifts it focus of attention in shifting its involvement
with beings _as such_, other beings come into view (the view of explicit
understanding), whereas other beings fade from view, recede into the background.
This background has not simply disappeared, however, but makes itself ?felt?
(Angang) in mood, in one way or the other, in one mode or the other.
Thus, what eludes the grasp of our understanding is _there in truth_
nonetheless, i.e. the essencing of truth covers not only ?unconcealment?, but is
the whole of the play and strife between concealment and unconcealment,
encrpytion and decryption.
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