BELONGING together vs. belonging TOGETHER

This is a post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” The post is part of my exploration of deeper generative orders for organizing. Other posts are here.

Heidegger’s distinction between belonging together and belonging together is helpful.1 In the first case belonging is primary and determines the together. Things already belong with one another and this belongingness determines their togetherness. In the second case it is the together which determines the belonging. Things belong with one another because they are togethered.

Taking Apperance Seriously by Bortoft

Belonging together is subtle. If we don’t become aware of the way in which things already belong, then we may try to make them belong by togethering them – i.e. by imposing a framework which organizes them. Since this will not be sensitive to the more subtle way things already belong, the organizational framework that brings them together can only be imposed externally and not be intrinsic.2

The sensuous-intuitive mode of perceptions leads us to the belonging together, whereas the verbal-intellectual mind is more at home with the belonging together.3

Belonging together is authentic, while belonging together is counterfeit.

1 Martin Heidegger, Identity and Difference (New York: Harper & Row, 1969), p. 29.
2 Henri Bortoft, Taking Appearance Seriously (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 2012), p. 21.
3 Ibid., p. 190.

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog. A common theme is his search for better ways of working together.

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