Measure-taking: Meaning and normativity in Heidegger's philosophy [Book Review]

Continental Philosophy Review 41 (3):261-276 (2008)
Following Marc Richir and others, László Tengelyi has recently developed the idea of Sinnereignis (meaning-event) as a way of capturing the emergence of meaning that does not flow from some prior project or constitutive act. As such, it might seem to pose something of a challenge to phenomenology: the paradox of an experience that is mine without being my accomplishment. This article offers a different sort of interpretation of meaning-events, claiming that in their structure they always involve what the late Heidegger called “measure-taking” (Maß-nehmen)—that is, an orientation toward the emergence of normative moments thanks to which what apparently eludes phenomenology becomes accessible in its inaccessibility. This is shown, first, on the example of conscience in Sein und Zeit and then on the example of the poetic image (Bild) in Heidegger’s later essays.
Keywords Meaning  Event  Claim  Measure  Normativity  Conscience  Ground  Poetic image  Saying
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DOI 10.1007/s11007-008-9085-6
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