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In: KulturPoetik 2019, Issue 2


Rolf J. Goebel


Heidegger’s Media Critique. Film, Western Metaphysics, and the Figure of Japanese Aesthetics




In A Dialogue on Language between a Japanese and an Inquirer (1953/54), Martin Heidegger offers a deterritorializing self-critique on the subliminal collusion between Western metaphys-ics and modern media, especially film. Framed by an imaginative (mis-)interpretation of key concepts of traditional Japanese sensibility, the Dialogue opens up an ambiguous space for the polyphonic exploration of the promises and limits of intercultural translation. Thus, Heidegger anticipates a direct linkage between metaphysical self-critique, technological media analysis, sound studies, and postcolonial theory that resonates productively with our own time.