Elucidate Heidegger’s concept of “the fourfold” from “Building, Dwelling, Thinking.” You may need to refer to other texts of Heidegger’s to get at each of its elements.

Heidegger's concept of the fourfold from "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" concerns what it is that makes a particular place or space a dwelling place. In other words, a place where we can feel at home. The earth element of the fourfold embraces the totality of the things with which we share our world. Sky refers to the rhythms of our existence. Gods relates to the ethos of a community. Mortals are those who live in that community.

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Heidegger's concept of the fourfold is extremely difficult to follow. Indeed, many scholars ignore the concept altogether, seeing it as an obscure, quasi-mystical insight that is virtually impossible to fathom. However, if one wishes to understand Heidegger's late thought then it is essential to get to grips with the fourfold, as it forms such a major part of this period of his lengthy philosophical career.

Putting things as simply as humanly possible, the fourfold is Heidegger's attempt at describing what it means to be at home in the world. In the modern world, with its disruptive social and economic changes, all too many people experience a sense of homelessness, a sense of not...

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