For Heidegger’s discussions of Gelassenheit as releasement and letting be, see “On the Essence of Truth” (144‐45) and Country Path Conversations (70‐80). Gelassenheit involves a fundamental freedom to be in the otherwise of open possibility, and as such retains elements of Kantian critique. Gelassenheit is a critical task of non‐willing such that openness is “let in” by “waiting” for the event as it comes to us (“Country Path Conversations” 75‐76). One does not will releasement, but waits for it: you wait “to let yourself be involved in releasement” (76). This kind of non‐willing, waiting, letting be is precisely what artists do when they create works of art.


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