“For evidently you have long been familiar with what you really mean
when you say of something that it ‘is’; we however thought we under-
stood it but now find ourselves perplexed.”
The necessity of an explicit repetition of the question of being
This question has today fallen into oblivion, even though our age
considers itself progressive in that it once again affirms “metaphysics.”
But then it also considers itself exempt from the exertions required to
kindle anew any γιγαντομαχια περι της ουσιας.
Yet the question here touched upon is not just one among others. It kept the inquiries of Plato
and Aristotle in an aura of suspense, only to subside from then on into
silence as a thematic question of actual investigation. What those two
achieved held up, throughout manifold displacements and “retouchings,”
on into Hegel’s Logic. And what at one time was wrested from the
phenomena with the utmost effort of thought, although fragmentary and
roughly incipient, has long since become trivialized.
Being and Time