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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher

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Importance of technology in Western thought

Ours is a world which is full of promises that advanced technology, such as autonomous cars, cloud computing, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence will somehow bring forth a future worth ...
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Am I nothing more than my Dasein?

I believe Dasein is the Being of a human life, and that Dasein essentially has Being-in-the-world. I think I've finally got a handle on how to compare philosophy "East" and "West" and just need to ...
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Does anyone claim freedom toward death is not for me, but for others?

My "freedom toward death" (Being and Time, p255, SUNY Press, 1 Jan 1996) is key for authenticity, according to Heidegger. It seems obvious that he means that this freedom is me, and that claim for be ...
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If entities are all that IS [entities = being], isn't Heidegger's claim that being is something “extra” incongruent?

I saw that there's already a question about this but the emphasis was on what could being be if not an entity. Heidegger thinks of Being as something "extra", a priori, to entities. I'd like to ...
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What tends to be the opinion on Heidegger's analysis of Greek philosophy?

What tends to be the opinion on Heidegger's analysis of Greek philosophy? What do experts in the (classical) history of philosophy make of his statements about ancient Greek philosophy?
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Where can I read Kant's view of thinking as willing, spontaneity and re-presenting?

I am reading Martin Heidegger's Discourse on Thinking. At the beginning of "Conversation on a Country Path About Thinking*, the Scholar remarks: (page 58-9) But thinking, understood in the ...
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Does Heidegger (or Blanchot?) reflect on the form of the question itself?

I have this notion that Heidegger is the first person to think about the framing of the question as a mode of inquiry. That is, to approach something as a question is to be already decided that a ...
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Must an analysis of Being precede the positive sciences?

In the first few pages of Being and Time Heidegger writes: such an inquiry [into foundations]... still needs a guideline... it remains naive and opaque if... it leaves the meaning of being in ...
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Are the logical leaps in Heidegger thought fully explained through his phenomenological framework?

The idea of the necessity of knowing what Dassein is in order to understand what beingness is is never explained, it is just deliberately stated as fact. And also how he rejects the ontological ideas ...
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What do all these types of nihilism mean?

Nihilism manifests itself in various contexts—for example, individual and collective, historical and psychological—and different expressions, for instance, ontological, epistemological, ethical, ...
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In Being and Time, was Heidegger doing phenomenology, using the phenomenological reduction?

In Being and Time, was Heidegger doing phenomenology, using the phenomenological reduction? If so, how routinely, or even when?
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Do Heidegger and some of his readers know why there is something rather than nothing?

Do Heidegger and some of his readers know why there is something rather than nothing? There seems to the suggestion in the SEP that he may explain why, but it's unclear in what way the argument can be ...
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How did Heidegger argue for the certainty of death?

How did Heidegger argue for the certainty of death? I gather that's a component of one characteristic of death, that it's "not to be outstripped". The other component being its indefiniteness, that I ...
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What's the difference between ontical and ontological?

I looked it up on Wikipedia and got this: Ontical refers to a particular area of Being, whereas ontological ought to refer to Being as such. Ontic vs. Ontological I also read the above, but I ...
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Who or what is the being for whom Being is a question for Heidegger?

Did a quick search of Dasein on Google and found this: In Being and Time, Heidegger investigates the question of Being by asking about the being for whom Being is a question. Heidegger names ...
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Was Heidegger in some way influenced by Kierkegaard?

There are seemingly common ideas in the philosophy of kierkegaard and hiedegger on the self. I thought came into my mind, was Hiedegger in some way influenced by kierkegaard's self-actualization as ...
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Does anyone say that Being is a primitive, unanalyzable, term?

Does anyone say that Being is a primitive, unanalyzable, term? That probably would make Being and Time the greatest work of nonsense of all time. I certainly feel able to imagine that Being is ...
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What were the 'philosophical cover-up' practised by Heidegger in his Nietzschean lectures 1936-45

In Bambachs, Heidegger Roots, he offers an authoritative analysis of the manipulations practised by Heidegger in his Nietzsche lectures between 1936-45. He calls them a 'philosophical cover-up' ...
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Is alienation (Heideggerian) related to assimilation and accommodation?

According to this paper: Dasein experiences being-in-the-world and thrown-ness with the disclosure of this state through moods such as angst and boredom, in which Dasein experiences a sense of ...
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Making It with Death: The complicity of Phenomenology with Effort

In his essay, Making it with Death, Nick Land makes some assertions about Phenomenology: Work is also complicit with phenomenology, which grounds the experience of effort, rather than treating this ...
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Does the “Temporal” determinateness apply to both temporal and non-temporal entities?

Heidegger wrote in Being and Time that: In both pre-philosophical and philosophical usage the expression 'termporal' has been pre-empted by the signification we have cited; in the following ...
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Why Dasein has only a pre-ontological Being rather than an ontological Being?

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 ...
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What other philosophers I read before taking a class on “being and time”

I’ll be taking a class on Heidegger’s Being and time next spring, which would be my first rigorous philosophy class. The class would begin by reading Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations, and then proceed ...
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Does Heidegger ever develop his distinction between modern and traditional technology in detail?

Mark Blitz's article Understanding Heidegger on Technology (The New Atlantis, 2014) describes Heidegger's distinction between modern and traditional technology in the following way: Everything ...
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Did Heidegger talk about malice at all?

Did Heidegger talk about malice at all? I agree and find interesting if not useful most of Nietzsche's aphorisms but felt that his analysis of malice was just weak, and obviously so. However, I liked ...
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How does Martin Heidegger want us to react to anxiety?

Introduction: After the world of Das Mann lose its significance and becomes meaningless, one falls in anxiety and he's able to embrace other possibilities. But this anxiety is converted ...
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Introduction to Heidegger

I have not read anything of Heidegger and I'm am interested in starting. I understand that "Being and Time" can be very difficult, so what would be a good place to start? (including books by others).
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Can dasein repeat without a time

Can dasein repeat without a time or is dasein necessarily in time. I recall that dasein is structured by care, but not if that always involves times
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Relation between the inauthentic mode of existence and indifference to other people's subjectivity

Introduction: Heidegger believed that there are two fundamental modes of existing in the world: (1)Authentic mode (2)Inauthentic mode [Being and Time, 1927] Sartre believed that there ...
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Reason is the adversary of thinking

I came across this quote by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger: Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate ...
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Was Heidegger simply a Lebensreform (er)?

Here is a little information about the Lebensreform in English. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensreform I am referring particularly to the time before WWI. (edit) It is hard to say, of course,...
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Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? [closed]

Does anyone say that dying for a cause is always irrational? I wouldn't gloss Heidegger's freedom-toward-death, like that, but it might be broadly similar. On the one hand, I would prefer to die ...
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What did Heidegger get wrong about Hölderlin?

The reason we know very much about Hölderlin isn't from Schelling or Hegel who actually knew him, but from Heidegger, many years after his death, to help fill out the nature of art in his ontology. ...
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Where and why does Heidegger use the phrase “always already”?

"Always already" is a strange phrase/concept I see cropping up everywhere in post-structuralist discourse, used by a wide variety of authors. I was curious as to its origin; Wikipedia says Heidegger ...
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What do you make of this sentence?

Can anybody explain the following sentence to me? What is less than what? Less than the ability to use reason to escape mortality, Heidegger argued that what defines us is primarily the attempt and ...
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What are some recommendations for guidebooks or companion-books to Heidegger's “Being and Time”?

I'm looking for a guidebook or some other companion to Heidegger's "Being and Time". Ideally, I'd like to find a book that steps through the entire original work, providing summary and background to ...
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What does Heidegger mean by cybernetics here?

In the Seminar on Heraclitus, conducted by Martin Heidegger and Eugen Fink in 1966, Heidegger says: In the experiment which we undertake, there is no question of wanting to conjure up Heraclitus ...
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Dasein and know thyself

Socrates famously asked the question 'know thyself'. When I first read of this it impressed me. It seemed like an important question. What could be more important than knowing your own self? It ...
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Ontic vs. Ontological

Are the two terms the same or not? In what sense Heidegger makes a distinction between the two? Can someone give also simple examples of the difference?
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Is there a connection between Heidegger's “anxiety” and Horkheimer's “subjective reason”?

After reading "What is Metaphysics?" by Heidegger and "Eclipse of Reason" by Horkheimer, I'm left wondering if there is any apparent connection between how Heidegger described anxiety and Horkheimer's ...
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What do Heidegger and Brandom think knowledge is?

I just finished reading An Introduction to Feminist Epistemologies by Alessandra Tanesini, and while I got quite a lot out of it (seriously, I was totally unfamiliar with the field, and now I want to ...
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Why is Being not an entity in Heidegger's Being and Time?

Just starting working through Heidegger's Being and Time. Why is Being not an entity? Heidegger says this: (Section 2, German H4) ‘Being’ cannot indeed be conceived as an entity; enti non additur ...
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Can 'the they self' help us understand Nietzsche's response to nihilism?

Can 'das man' or 'the they self' help us understand Nietzsche's response to nihilism? I'm asking because these are concepts I think I can intuitively grasp from within my life, quite unlike Nietzsche'...
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Hubert Dreyfus & Heidegger - is Heidegger a dualist?

Heidegger rejects Cartesian dualism... but this video with Hubert Dreyfus confuses me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G24JBUh4yVg At 9:00, he implies that according to Heidegger, physics can't ...
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does the Myth of Sisyphus illustrate dasein?

In the brief illustration provided by Camus we see a man pushing a stone and accepting his lot. As the stone rolls back down the hill it seems he is able to remove himself from this plight, much like ...
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Any recommendations on commentaries / rebuttals of Heidegger's Question Concerning Technology?

I'm looking for recommendations of commentaries, rebuttals or relevant papers on a Heideggerian approach to examining the essence of technology (famously in 'The Question Concerning Technology' but ...
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Is Dasein Heideggerian Zen? [closed]

I was reading about Heidegger's concept of "Dasein" as being or existing in the moment. It struck a chord of similarity with the eastern concept of Zen. Is there a parallel?
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Heidegger's origin of the work of art and Nietzsche's Dionysian vs. Apollonian forces in art

In "Origin of the Work of Art" ( der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes), Heidegger talks about a piece of art as something that is both world and earth. These two are in a constant battle, in which they drive ...
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Difference between zeug and art(works) for Heidegger

Why is Heidegger making a difference between 'zeug' (instruments) and a work of art? The reason that I do not understand this difference is that in my experience every object has the power to show ...
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What does 'hermeneutic analysis' mean for non-literary material?

I am reading Exploring Robotic Minds by Prof. Jun Tani in which he describes Heidegger as having performed a hermeneutic analysis of the problem of the subjective vs the objective. Heidegger just ...