This 1929 lecture begins by saying this question will be answered through a metaphysical inquiry. For Heidegger every metaphyscial question is always the whole
, every metaphysical question encompasses all
metaphyscial problems. This bold! Further, metaphysical problems involve
the presence of a questioner one who is 'placed in question' (p. 93)
Heidegger on the
one hand presents the inquiry into the nothing as an elucidation of
metaphysical inquiry, on the other hand however, one gets the impression
that there is a priveledging of 'nothing' in this type of inquiry. (p.
107) Hence in two separate instances Heidegger talks of the previous
neglect of nothing, by science (which wants to 'dismiss the nothing
with a lordly wave of the hand' and again even by a long history of
metaphysicians who proclaim ex nihilo nihil fit
nothing comes to be). Heidegger says 'nothing' is the counterpoint to
being proper. In fact he seeks to directly implicate being and nothing,
in the fashion of Hegel, but in relation to the being of beings. The
nothing seems to allow access to being for Heidegger.