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Humanities 2016, 5(3), 78; doi:10.3390/h5030078

“Turtles All the Way Down”: Mind, Emotion and Nothing

Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Literature, Art and Media, The University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Academic Editor: Peta Tait
Received: 17 August 2016 / Accepted: 8 September 2016 / Published: 18 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotions and Affect in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Performance)
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This is an article in three movements. Each takes as its object a public phenomenon of emotion: first, the representation of human emotions as homunculi in a recent children’s movie; second, the performance of the Australian cricket captain at a press conference concerning the death, on the field, of a team-mate; and, finally, the mass contagion of public grief in response to that death. Using these three episodes, the article develops an understanding of Martin Heidegger’s thought in relation to, first, the “enframing” of human being within technology, in which the nothing from which being is brought into presence is concealed; second, the mood of anxiety in and through which Dasein—Heidegger’s term for the kind of being we “are”—asserts itself into that nothing; and, finally, the potential for post-aesthetic art to move beyond the logics of representation and subjectification, and in so doing, to reveal what Heidegger understands as the struggle between earth and world. The former refers to the “background” against and through which any particular “world” exists with the latter referring to a particular web of significances in which Dasein lives, and allowing truth to spring forth. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotion; Heidegger; performance; consciousness; memory; grief; art emotion; Heidegger; performance; consciousness; memory; grief; art
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