Phenomenology 2010

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2010

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

Gary Backhaus
Pages 15-39

Identification and Orientation as a Problem of Scale

The thesis of this article maintains that identification and orientation are necessary existential modalities for the concretization of Heidegger’s notion of poetic dwelling. An equivocation of “place” and “region” foils bioregional polity due to differences in scale and human limits for place-presence. The solution advocated in this article is the creation of a form of life to be taken up by a bioregional advisory board. The goal of these bioregionalists would be to achieve identification and orientation in a variety of places within a region so that the networking required for bioregional polity would gain an experiential basis.