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“Because Being withdraws itself from the assertive grasp of descriptive statements, because it can only be encircled in indirect discourse and “rendered silent,” the destinings of Being remain undiscoverable. The propositionally contentless speech about Being has, nevertheless, the illocutionary sense of demanding resignation to fate. Its practical-political side consists in the perlocutionary effect of a diffuse readiness to obey in relation to an auratic but indeterminate authority. The rhetoric of the later Heidegger compensates for the propositional content that the text itself refuses: It attunes and trains its addressees in their dealings with pseudo-sacral power.”

(Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity [1985])