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DISCOURSE ON THINKING

Teacher: It strikes me as something like a region, an enchanted region where everything belonging there returns to that in which it rests.

Scholar: I'm not sure I understand what you say now.

Teacher: I don't understand it either, if by "understanding" you mean the capacity to re-present what is put before us as if sheltered amid the familiar and so secured; for I, too, lack the familiar in which to place what I tried to say about openness as a region.

Scientist: That is perhaps impossible here, if for no other reason than because presumably what you call a region is exactly that which alone permits all sheltering.

Teacher: I mean something like this; but not only this.

Scholar: You spoke of "a" region in which everything returns to itself. Strictly speaking, a region for everything is not one region among many, but the region of all regions.

Teacher: You are right 5 what is in question is the region.

Scientist: And the enchantment of this region might well be the reign of its nature, its regioning, if I may call it that.

Scholar: It seems a region holds what comes forward to meet us 5 but we also said of the horizon that out of the view which it encircles, the appearance of objects comes to meet us. If now we comprehend the horizon through the region, we take the region itself as that which comes to meet us.

Teacher: In this way, indeed, we would characterize the region through its relation to us, just as we did a moment ago with the horizon—whereas we are searching for the