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Heidegger's Original Grundproblem

Eventually I will post something on this wonderful poem by Shelley (see the post antecedent to this one), and also my thoughts on John Sallis's reference to it in the prolusion to his Force of Imagination.   But today, I’m thinking with Heidegger.  I recently acquired Grundprobleme der Phänomenologie—not the 1928 post-SZ lecture—but the early 1919/1920 winter semester course of the same name.  In true Heidegger fashion, the work kicks off with an introduction to the Grundproblem itself: phenomenology. What I find interesting in particular about this introduction, this “pre-indication of phenomenology” as he calls it, is its immediate statement in terms that, at first blush, are those of transcendental idealism. Phenomenology, Heidegger says in his opening remarks, is “the primordial science of the absolute origin of spirit [Geist.]” Phenomenology is an original science of life as it is “in and for itself.” For this reason, one might think that the problem of phenomenology, as Heid…