How does Heidegger contrast the earth and the world and how does this difference between "on the earth" and "in the world" illuminate what he is saying? Martin Heidegger "The Origin of the Work of Art" (http://users.clas.ufl.edu/burt/filmphilology/heideggerworkofart.pdf) Along with the whole essay, the focus is on these two passages, the first one about a pair of shoes depicted in a painting: "In the shoes vibrates the silent call of the earth, its quiet gift of the ripening grain and its unexplained self-refusal in the fallow desolation of the wintry field. This equipment is pervaded by uncomplaining anxiety as to the certainty of bread, the wordless joy of having once more withstood want, the trembling before the impending childbed and shivering at the surrounding menace of death. This equipment belongs to the earth, and it is protected in the world of the peasant woman.” “Upon the earth and in it, historical man grounds his dwelling in the world. In setting up a world, the work sets forth the earth. This setting forth must be thought here in the strict sense of the world. The work moves the earth itself into the Open of a world and keeps it there.”
The essay “The Origin of the Work of Art” by German philosopher Martin Heidegger explores the notion of what art is. He posits that art not only expresses truth but creates it, adding to a community’s shared understanding.
In the passages quoted in the question, Heidegger uses a Vincent Van Gogh painting of a pair of peasant shoes to illustrate the difference between art and other things or “equipment.” This leads to his discussion of the terms earth vs. world.
Heidegger defines world as disclosed meaning, the web of signification and...
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