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By Martin Heidegger

"What is the which means of being?" this is often the primary query of Martin Heidegger's profoundly vital paintings, during which the nice thinker seeks to give an explanation for the elemental difficulties of lifestyles. A principal effect on later philosophy, literature, artwork, and criticism—as good as existentialism and lots more and plenty of postmodern thought—Being and Time ceaselessly replaced the highbrow map of the fashionable international. As Richard Rorty wrote within the long island instances publication evaluate, "You can't learn lots of the very important thinkers of contemporary instances with out taking Heidegger's idea into account."

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To the extent that irony is principally thematized by Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy as this anticipation of self-conscious exchange, or infinite reflexivity, between “form and truth, or poetry and philosophy,” rather than as their mutual disruption, irony is necessarily denied the privileged status they willingly attribute to “writing” as it will have been articulated and theorized in the aftermath of romanticism by both Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida. indb 18 2/15/12 9:13:57 AM Friedrich Schlegel and the Myth of Irony 19 the offing—suggestions made by the two German critics who have most influenced the writing of The Literary Absolute and the place of Schlegel within it: Walter Benjamin and Peter Szondi.

But this is not only a general theoretical statement about the production and use of alphabetic letters that just happens to name the semiotic principle in its barest possible formulation. It is also an exemplary deployment of those very elements the text will later put to work in carrying out its own mythological construction of romanticism: “Wo irgend lebendiger Geist in einem gebildeten Buchstaben gebunden erscheint, da ist Kunst, da ist Absonderung, Stoff zu überwinden, Werkzeuge zu gebrauchen, ein Entwurf und Gesetze der Behandlung” (KA 2:290).

As a grounding principle for a general theory of hermeneutics, this would be a very interesting idea to pursue: you can be sure that irony has ceased to be a serious topic of philosophical inquiry as soon as it is named as such. More germane to the point at hand, though, would be to ask the following question of The Literary Absolute: What, precisely, happens to a reading of Schlegel and German romanticism when the ironic dimension of their legacy to modernity is not tackled directly and at length?

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