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Being and Motion$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908904.001.0001

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Centripetal Motion

Centripetal Motion

(p.175) Chapter 13 Centripetal Motion
Being and Motion

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that being is in motion, but that motion appears first and foremost historically as space. During the period of time roughly defined as the Neolithic (10,000 BCE–5000 BCE), movement begins to take on a certain dominant mode of distribution or circulation, defined by an inward trajectory from the periphery toward a center. This centripetal motion is the condition for the dominant description of being’s motion as fundamentally spatial. This chapter describes the defining features of centripetal motion, which is an entirely real and kinetic condition, not a metaphysical concept. The centripetal motion of being is the condition for the ontological description of being as space, and its inscription through speech.

Keywords:   centripetal motion, internalization, spiral, space, kinomenology, place, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger

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