Hegel, Heidegger, Schiller

Both Hegel and Heidegger had thought-provoking connections with particular poems of Schiller. Hegel ends the Phänomenologie with slightly altered lines from the end of Schiller's 'Die Freundschaft':

nur - 'aus dem Kelche dieses Geisterreiches / schäumt ihm seine Unendlichkeit. (See: "Nur" in Hegel and Heidegger).

As regards Heidegger, his brother Fritz records (in 'Ein Geburtstagsbrief', Martin Heidegger zum 70. Geburtstag, S 62-62): "Mindestens achtmal zwischen 1904 und 1911 hat dieser wortkarge Mann bei öffentlichen Anlässen Schillers großes Gedicht "Das Lied von der Glocke" mit Elan auswendig (par coeur) vorgetragen. Daraus läßt sich schließen, daß dieses damals klassische Gedicht über das menschliche Tun und Schicksal Herz und Sinn des Mesnervaters bewegte und sein en Alltag mitbestimmte." (Fritz, too, was a 'wortkarge[r] Mann'. Like his father, he stuttered. But also like his father, he was able to speak publically without stuttering, as he did on many occasions giving the Messkircher Fasnachtsrede.)

In the case of both Hegel and Heidegger, these poems from Schiller go to the heart of their thought. Die Freundschaft treats the relations of friends, particularly in the case of humans with God. Hegel's whole thought is taken up with the analysis and history and description of this friendship. Das Lied von der Glocke treats the question of time and the relations between it and what is called 'Concordia' in the poem. One of the main goals of gigantomachia is to show that such concord is what Heidegger thought to be the 'Sinn des Seins'.

August 17, 2004 in Hegel, Heidegger, Schiller | Permalink