Teacher: Thus we determine what is called horizon and transcendence by means of this going beyond and passing beyond . . .

Scholar: . . which refer back to objects and our representing of objects.

Teacher: Horizon and transcendence, thus, are experienced and determined only relative to objects and our representing them.

Scholar: Why do you stress this?

Teacher: To suggest that in this way what lets the horizon be what it is has not yet been encountered at all.

Scientist: What do you have in mind in this statement?

Teacher: We say that we look into the horizon. Therefore the field of vision is something open, but its openness is not due to our looking.

Scholar: Likewise we do not place the appearance of objects, which the view within a field of vision offers us, into this openness . . .

Scientist: . . rather that comes out of this to meet us.

Teacher: What is evident of the horizon, then, is but the side facing us of an openness which surrounds us; an openness which is filled with views of the appearances of what to our re-presenting are objects.

Scientist: In consequence the horizon is still something else besides a horizon. Yet after what has been said this something else is the other side of itself, and so the same as itself. You say that the horizon is the openness which surrounds us. But what is this openness as such, if we disregard that it can also appear as the horizon of our representing?

Discourse On Thinking

Conversation on a Country Path About Thinking

GA 13 p. 44