The World as Play and the Problematic of a Non-Metaphysical Direction of Thought

 Papazisis Editions, Athens 2015.

The world as play and the problem of a non-metaphysical direction of thought; the «and» in this phrase does not mean a connection between the world as play and the problem of a non-metaphysical direction of thought that at the same time –and mostly– foretells the world as play as a landmark of a non-metaphysical direction of thought.

Moving beyond this assertion, that – following Nietzsche’s interpretation of Heraclitus – Heidegger, Fink, Axelos and Derrida uttered, our research takes that the world as play is not a landmark of a non-metaphysical direction of thought and comes to the conclusion that the problem of developing a thought that will mark a non-metaphysical direction of thought, cannot, as shown by our study of the world as play, be solved as long as we speak about the problem of a non-metaphysical thought concerning the being of the world and we ignore the problem of a non-metaphysical being of thought; as long as we ignore, or underestimate, the fact that overcoming metaphysics in the being of thought is an essential prerequisite for thought to exist beyond any form of metaphysics. 

As far as the being of thought is concerned, overcoming metaphysics, is achieved through the presence of abyss (Abgrund) in the being-foundation (Grund) of thought; this, therefore entails, firstly, the transference of the presence of abyss from the thought concerning being to the being of thought and, secondly, the principal importance of abyss with regard to the being of thought in relation to the thought concerning being as foundation and abyss. And this abyss, the abyss of anonymity, cannot but in an overrate way be said to imply a non-metaphysical direction of thought, because the presence of abyss in the being-foundation of thought does not refer to thought to anywhere – nor does it direct it anywhere.

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