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Concretizing Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling in the Tingguian practice “Lapat”

Abstract
The task of finding a solution to the crisis faced by humanity embodied by the destruction of
nature, climate change and the uncertainty of survival towards the future is a struggle. The
prevalence of Western thinking which has promised progress and development to the world
has produced a selfish, destructive, wasteful and minimalist mind-set. And from this point,
Martin Heidegger tries to criticize this mindset. This criticism comes from his concept of
dwelling. Dwelling in which he relates to building, the oneness of the fourfold which includes
the earth, sky, divinities and mortals and a thinking that is all encompassing. It is dwelling
that is a recognition of an existence that is interrelated and interconnected with nature. In
order to strengthen the understanding of this concept, the Tingguians who are the native
inhabitants of Abra has a practice called “lapat” which has long been a part of their cultural
heritage. Lapat which is an ethnic practice jives with Heidegger’s Dwelling. This paper aims
to present the concept of dwelling by Heidegger as it is concretized by the Tingguian practice
“lapat” to enrich the philosophical concept and the cultural practice. They give hope in
providing a foundation and starting point of a solution towards a sustainable future and an
existence that is geared towards Being.

I. Introduction
There is the struggle in finding a solution in the current crisis of the destruction of the
environment and climate change. There are solutions that are devised through the help of
technological advancement but they seem to fall short in finding a long term and sustainable
solution. It is because the root of the problem still lingers with this prevailing mindset that is
destructive and wasteful. Heidegger seem to present a way to a solution through his concept
of dwelling. Dwelling becomes an address towards the prevalence of a mindset that is
destructive and wasteful. And to further understand what is dwelling all about, Lapat which is
a cultural practice of the Tingguians provides an embodiment of the concept.
II. Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling
Heidegger’s concept of dwelling is a later concept of Heidegger wherein he
contemplated further from his conception of Dasein and Being. His aim is to provide the
foundation of a well-rounded existence by bringing man back into the realm of the cosmic.
A. Building as Dwelling
Heidegger tries to reconcile building and dwelling together. He states that not all
buildings are for dwelling and that dwelling is a feeling to be at home. And to be at home is
to be at peace being with mutual harmony with other beings that shares with existence. This
mutual harmony is founded in the oneness of what he calls the fourfold.
B. Dwelling as Fourfold
For Heidegger, dwelling is fourfold in its oneness. It is embracing an existence with the
unity of the earth, the sky, the divinities and the mortals. The oneness of the fourfold is in its
interconnectedness and interrelatedness in the life of man.
C. Dwelling and Thinking
As Heidegger emphasizes the fourfold, when man builds, he must take to mind providing
spaces for the fourfold. It is like planning and building a structure that provides spaces for the
fourfold.
D. Dwelling as a Criticism to the Western Metaphysical Tradition
Through the concept of dwelling, Heidegger has criticized the western metaphysical
tradition that has brought about an illusion of man being on a pedestal. This has caused man
to recklessly destroy the environment and himself.
III. The Tingguian Practice “Lapat”
The practice of lapat has long been a part of the Tingguian cultural heritage especially
the Masadiit tribe in the province of Abra. It is their way of preserving the forest resources
their culture, beliefs which their way of life. It is a way of providing time and space for nature
to regenerate from man’s utilization.
A. History of Lapat
Lapat has been practiced and a part of the lives of the Tingguians. Because of the fast
depletion of natural resources by human activities, it was reinforced as a part of an ordinance
by the local government and is endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources. It prohibits gathering and harvest on an area that is included with the
implementation of Lapat. If Lapat is lifted, it is only the time when the people can utilize the
resources.
B. Purpose and Provisions of Lapat
Lapat has its purpose and provisions.The purpose of Lapat is to protect the mountains,
forests and water resources. But not only this, Lapat also aims to preserve cultural practices,
beliefs, rituals and values connected to it. The practice of Lapat has its own provisions. These
provisions underlie guidelines as it is implemented or lifted. There are corresponding
punishments for the people that has violated the rules and regulation when Lapat
implemented. There are also practices and rituals that are part of the practice.
IV. Concretizing Dwelling in Lapat
The concept of Dwelling by Heidegger resembles the Tingguian practice of Lapat. They
both emphasizes the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of man towards the other and the
environment. Lapat reechoes the concept of dwelling because it has qualities that is related to
dwelling and vice versa.
The Fourfold in Lapat
The purpose of Lapat embodies Heidegger’s concept of dwelling especially the fourfold.
Lapat enriches the understanding of the fourfold in Heidegger’s dwelling. It is because there
are dimensions in Lapat that can be shown comparably with the concept of Dwelling.
Dwelling, Lapat and Ecocentrism
Dwelling and Lapat univocally put forth the idea of ecocentrism. The ecocentric model
puts forward the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of man with nature. Through
ecocentrism, they both champion a mindset that is responsible and caring towards the
environment.
V. Conclusion
A change of mindset and orientation provides a hope in finding a solution of the crisis
faced by humanity. Dwelling provides the framework of the solution while Lapat shades light
as embodies it. And also the understanding of a philosophical concept can be shared through
a local practice that can be understood and embraced by the indigenous people as they
partake their own participation in giving importance and protecting the environment with
their culture. The concept of dwelling speaks to the Tingguians as Lapat while for a person
oriented towards the field of philosophy Lapat provides a concretization and enrichment in
the understanding of dwelling.

The Tingguian practice “Lapat” and its Implications to Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling

I. Introduction
The Tingguians who are the native inhabitants of Abra has a practice called lapat which
has long been a part of their cultural heritage. This practice preserves the forest and natural
resources as well as the cultural dimensions and beliefs of the people. With this, Heidegger
with his concept of dwelling provides a re-echo of Lapat which can bring it into the realm of
philosophy. And with this in turn, the essence of dwelling can be shared to people who do not
have a rigorous knowledge on philosophy. They both provide an understanding on human
existence and the relation between the environment.
II. The Tingguian Practice “Lapat”
The practice of lapat has long been a part of the Tingguian cultural heritage especially
the Masadiit tribe in the province of Abra. It is their way of preserving the forest resources
their culture, beliefs which their way of life. It is a way of providing time and space for nature
to regenerate from man’s utilization.
A. History of Lapat
Lapat has been practiced and a part of the lives of the Tingguians. Because of the fast
depletion of natural resources by human activities, it was reinforced as a part of an ordinance
by the local government and is endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources. It prohibits gathering and harvest on an area that is included with the
implementation of Lapat. If Lapat is lifted, it is only the time when the people can utilize the
resources.
B. Purpose and Provisions of Lapat
Lapat has its purpose and provisions.The purpose of Lapat is to protect the mountains,
forests and water resources. But not only this, Lapat also aims to preserve cultural practices,
beliefs, rituals and values connected to it. The practice of Lapat has its own provisions. These
provisions underlie guidelines as it is implemented or lifted. There are corresponding
punishments for the people that has violated the rules and regulation when Lapat
implemented. There are also practices and rituals that are part of the practice.

III. Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling


Heidegger’s concept of dwelling is a later concept of Heidegger wherein he
contemplated further from his conception of Dasein and Being. His aim is to provide the
foundation of a well-rounded existence by bringing man back into the realm of the cosmic.
A. Building as Dwelling
Heidegger tries to reconcile building and dwelling together. He states that not all
buildings are for dwelling and that dwelling is a feeling to be at home. And to be at home is
to be at peace being with mutual harmony with other beings that shares with existence. This
mutual harmony is founded in the oneness of what he calls the fourfold.
B. Dwelling as Fourfold
For Heidegger, dwelling is fourfold in its oneness. It is embracing an existence with the
unity of the earth, the sky, the divinities and the mortals. The oneness of the fourfold is in its
interconnectedness and interrelatedness in the life of man.
C. Dwelling and Thinking
As Heidegger emphasizes the fourfold, when man builds, he must take to mind providing
spaces for the fourfold. It is like planning and building a structure that provides spaces for the
fourfold.
D. Dwelling as a Criticism to the Western Metaphysical Tradition
Through the concept of dwelling, Heidegger has criticized the western metaphysical
tradition that has brought about an illusion of man being on a pedestal. This has caused man
to recklessly destroy the environment and himself.

IV. Lapat and its Implications to Dwelling


Abstract

Understanding Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling through the Tingguian practice of “Lapat”

Abstract
I. Introduction
In the world that is in crisis because of the destruction and depletion of natural resources,
the degradation of human values, the hope for a sustainable future seem to fade away.
Humanity is struggling to address this crisis. Heidegger’s concept of dwelling provides a
promising view towards a solution since it addresses a prevailing mindset that has permeated
in the fabric of the society and human life. It is the mindset that is destructive and wasteful.
And to provide an understanding and enrich the concept of dwelling, a Tingguian practice
which is called Lapat. Lapat embody elements of dwelling in which it reinforces an
understanding towards it.
II. Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling
Heidegger’s concept of dwelling is a latter concept of Heidegger wherein he
contemplated further from his conception of Dasein and Being. His aim is to provide the
foundation of a well-rounded existence by bringing man back into the realm of the cosmic.
A. Building as Dwelling
Heidegger tries to reconcile building and dwelling together. He states that not all
buildings are for dwelling and that dwelling is a feeling to be at home. And to be at home is
to be at peace being with mutual harmony with other beings that shares with existence. This
mutual harmony is founded in the oneness of what he calls the fourfold.
B. Dwelling as Fourfold
For Heidegger, dwelling is fourfold in its oneness. It is embracing an existence with the
unity of the earth, the sky, the divinities and the mortals. The oneness of the fourfold is in its
interconnectedness and interrelatedness in the life of man.
C. Dwelling and Thinking
As Heidegger emphasizes the fourfold, when man builds, he must take to mind providing
spaces for the fourfold. It is like planning and building a structure that provides spaces for the
fourfold.
D. Dwelling as a Criticism to the Western Metaphysical Tradition
Through the concept of dwelling, Heidegger has criticized the western metaphysical
tradition that has brought about an illusion of man being on a pedestal. This has caused man
to recklessly destroy the environment and himself.
III. The Tingguian Practice “Lapat”
The practice of lapat has long been a part of the Tingguian cultural heritage especially
the Masadiit tribe in the province of Abra. It is their way of preserving the forest resources
their culture, beliefs which their way of life. It is a way of providing time and space for nature
to regenerate from man’s utilization.
A. History of Lapat
Lapat has been practiced and a part of the lives of the Tingguians. Because of the fast
depletion of natural resources by human activities, it was reinforced as a part of an ordinance
by the local government and is endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources. It prohibits gathering and harvest on an area that is included with the
implementation of Lapat. If Lapat is lifted, it is only the time when the people can utilize the
resources.
B. Purpose and Provisions of Lapat
Lapat has its purpose and provisions.The purpose of Lapat is to protect the mountains,
forests and water resources. But not only this, Lapat also aims to preserve cultural practices,
beliefs, rituals and values connected to it. The practice of Lapat has its own provisions. These
provisions underlie guidelines as it is implemented or lifted. There are corresponding
punishments for the people that has violated the rules and regulation when Lapat
implemented. There are also practices and rituals that are part of the practice.

Public Lecture Proposal


Title 1: Heidegger’s Concept of Dwelling as a Criticism to the Western Metaphysical
Tradition
The task of finding a solution to the crisis faced by humanity embodied by the
destruction of nature, climate change and the uncertainty of survival towards the future is a
struggle. The prevalence of Western thinking which has promised progress and development
to the world has produced a selfish, destructive, wasteful and minimalist mind-set that is
pragmatic and utilitarian. These are believed to be the ripples of the Western Metaphysical
tradition when humanity through Plato’s dualism and Descartes’ solipsism detached himself
from the interrelation and interconnectedness with nature and tries to take control over it. It
has outgrown to anthropocentrism, reductive analysis and egocentrism which have permeated
as a mind set that has championed from human supremacy because of the intellect . And from
this point, Martin Heidegger tries to criticize these points which this paper endeavors to
present. This criticism comes from his concept of dwelling. Dwelling in which he relates to
building, the oneness of the fourfold which includes the earth, sky, divinities and mortals and
a thinking that is all encompassing. And it is also in this criticism that provides a foundation
and starting point of providing a solution towards a sustainable future and an existence that is
geared towards Being.
Title 2: The Tingguian Practice Lapat in Heidegger’s Dwelling
The Tingguians who are the native inhabitants of Abra has a practice called lapat which has
long been a part of their cultural heritage. Lapat has become

Title 3: Heidegger’s Dwelling as the foundation of his Being-in-the-World


Heidegger’s concept of dwelling has come from the latter part of his works.