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Chapter 25. Breathwork with Goethe

In 1819 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a breathing exercise:  „Im Athemholen sind zweyerley Gnaden: Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen. Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt; So wunderbar ist das Leben gemischt. Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt, Und dank’ ihm, wenn er dich wieder entlässt.“ This last verse of the poem “Talismane”, which is […]

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Chapter 24. Consent and hermeneutics

Consent derives “from the Latin consentire — literally, and almost perversely, ‘to feel together’”, as a New York Times article1 describes. During this summer semester the term “consent” came up in my Seminar “Schreibweisen der Liebe” and I asked my students if they can imagine to use the term consent as an analytic approach to literature? Are […]

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Chapter 16. Is (dark) hermeneutics sustainable? Water, paper, ink

In Plato’s Phaidros writing resembles the pharmakon, antidot and poison all at once. Derrida dedicates his book Dissemination to the discourse about the pharmakon and writing concluding: “The pharmakon and writing are thus always involved in questions of life and death.”1 This is not a metaphor. Why? Pharmakon also means “not a natural color but an artificial tint, a chemical dye”2, which dissolves perfectly […]

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Chapter 11. Gadamer’s fusion of horizons – OOO and “blanc silence”

Fusion of horizons – Hermeneutics’ main goal. But what if one leaves the heliocentric metaphor turning his/her back? What if there is no horizon, which is defined by the flexion of the earth and a sun contrasting the line of sight? In Hermeneutics the fusion of horizon is, especially for Gadamer, the reward of the […]

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Chapter 10. The Philological Machine

Every attempt to understand something that is written, poetry for example, takes place within a philological machine. This applies especially for the modern discourse of language which can be slightly dated to the beginning of the movement called “enlightenment”. What does philological machine mean? And why is it a machine at all? Let me start […]

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Chapter 5. Subject-disoriented ontology

For hermeneutics the human male subject is the first actor to read, think and write. It is a complete and perfect loop of production and reception1. Therefore, dark hermeneutics as an object-oriented deconstructive technique of reading, thinking, and writing, as inhale, gap, exhale metaphorized, has to have a dis-oriented subject, or not a subject at […]

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Chapter 4. Misfitting together – The gap between inhale and exhale

Regarding OOO one might understand every text/artwork as an object. This object reveals its appearance alluding other objects in getting in touch, communicate or interpret the object. But neither the object nor the other object will get a hold on the essence, which is withdrawn. So far so clear: this is the way Harman or […]

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Chapter 1. “Breathe in, hold, breathe out” – practicing a dark hermeneutic circle

Dark hermeneutics is about breathing or more precise it is about the gap between inhale and exhale, which can be short if you are running up the stairs getting to the top of a building or long if you trained and practiced your breathwork. Yes, even breathing can be work and so is interpretation.  In […]

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Dark Hermeneutics

Despite the current rising tide of titles which contain the qualia “dark” like Timothy Morton’s “Dark Ecology” or David Roden’s “Dark Phenomenology” this blog aims at a slightly different “Dark dot dot dot”. “Dark Hermeneutics” is not a revival of a classical method of reading and interpreting literature – it is not a zombie. It […]

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