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In the book Being and Time, Heidegger wrote that:

We have already intimated that Dasein has a pre-ontological Being as its ontically constitutive state.

It's intuitive to me only when I thought it is because Dasein is limited in time and energy to have an ontological one. If I am wrong, what is the reason to state that?

  • "Pre-ontological Being" is an oxymoron. – EternalPropagation Dec 6 '18 at 4:30
  • @EternalPropagation - I think Heidegger was meaning unmanifest and prior to the distinction we make between existence and non-existence. If so then his comment is standard stuff for the Perennial philosophy, albeit perhaps rather clumsily put. This is not to endorse it. He is still hanging on to the Beng/nonBeing distinction. . – PeterJ Dec 6 '18 at 12:13

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