***WARNING: RISQUE. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK***
I thought it would be amusing to take Heidegger’s jug on a stroll around the Intraweb (that’s what my mom calls it) and see what interesting developments came of it.
So to begin with, Heidegger notes that “Near to us are what we usually call things.” From this, I believe we are to understand that a jug is near at hand because we are told “The jug is a thing.” So let us find a jug near at hand.
But a jug is not merely a thing near at hand, it also, as we are told, able to hold something else in it and is, therefore, a vessel.
Not only is it a vessel, Heidegger points out, it is a vessel capable of standing on its own.
But a jug is also made. Part of its jugness is its manufacture. I would place another image, but I think the previous one will suffice (unless you are under the delusion the previous jugs aren’t made….come on).
To continue, Heidegger realizes that the emptiness is what does the jugs holding. In this case, cleavage fits the bill I think.
There is also a giving component to jugs. That is, they take as well as keep and as such part of their jugness is their ability to gift.
Finally, Heidegger comes to the conclusion that jugs have their own thingness outside of man. Jugs jug. Jugs jug jugs.