What is the meaning of obstinacy and un-ready-to-hand in this passage from "Being and Time"? I have a general knowledge of Heidegger’s philosophy, but I have problem understanding the meaning of those words. Can ‘ready-to-hand’ be taken most generally as ‘useful’?
I looked up for them but couldn’t find clear meanings. I would like to have the meaning of each in one sentence or two.
Heidegger does note that we encounter some things as useless in his discussion of the obstinacy of our concern in the face of disappointed expectations. A tool may not only break or go missing, but “the un-ready-to-hand can be encountered . . . as something un-ready-to-hand which is not missing at all . . . but which ‘stands in the way’ of our concern. That to which our concern refuses to turn, that for which it has ‘no time’, is something un-ready-to-hand in the manner of what does not belong here.”
- in Being And Time, 1962 103/SZ p. 73