A Hermeneutic Inquiry
Section Three. Remarks on Georg Misch’s works The Way into Philosophy and Philosophy of Life and Phenomenology
Chapter 1. ‘The Way into Philosophy’
§ 1. Presentation
Misch explains the purpose and gives a systematic outline of Fibel I in its foreword. The work sets itself a dual task, pedagogical and scientific, to serve as an introduction to philosophy and at the same time to contribute to philosophical knowledge. The introduction takes the form not of talking about philosophy, but of allowing it to speak for itself. It purports to discourage the idea that philosophy, like the positive sciences, is composed of a web of statements that can be proved and appropriated intellectually. On the contrary, ‘the philosophical movement of questioning and answering itself must be brought into action’ (ibid., III. Aufbau, pp. 564 ff.). Philosophising – not philosophy! In support of this Misch and Heidegger can invoke Kant when he writes: ‘Such a style of inquiry is demanded by the very nature of worldly wisdom.... Liberated from the school curriculum the youthful pupil was accustomed to learning. Now he thinks he will learn philosophy, but this is impossible, for what he needs is to learn to philosophise. The philosophical author too, who is considered to be as it were the founder of instruction, should be regarded not as the archetypical source of judgement, but itself only as a facilitator of it who goes as far even to pronounce judgement against it....’273
But now over the inquirer who surrenders himself to the life of the object (Hegel) the threat of a danger...