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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher

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What does the "meaning of Being" mean in Being and Time?

I read Being and Time a few years ago, but it seems to me the question is only partially answered there. He deals with the question of whether Being is "indefinable" very early on [p 4]. He claims ...
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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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What is "Under Erasure"?

I am fairly uneducated person in philosophy, yet trained in theoretical physics. For irrelevant reasons, I have became very much curious about Sous rature (or under erasure). The concept(or strategy?) ...
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Which translation of Heidegger's "Being and Time" do you recommend?

I find choosing the correct translation to be quite important in general, each one has its various merits and shortcomings. Are there any important differentiating factors between the various ...
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Are there plans to translate Heidegger's Black Notebooks into English?

I am curious to see the extent to which he made a home for national socialism in his thinking. If only Derrida could have lived to have seen these notebooks, how his estimation of Heidegger might (or ...
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How did symbolic logic show that Heidegger's assertions about the nothing were illogical?

In his inaugural address at Freiburg University in 1929, Heidegger explicitly challenged the central place given to logical principles in neo-Kantianism, on the basis of a radical account of ‘the ...
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What is the difference between Derrida's Deconstruction and Heidegger's Destruktion?

Derrida's deconstruction, as far as I understand it, is to critically examine values as embodied in binary situations like signifier and signified where there is an implicit hierarchy of value - one ...
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What does Heidegger mean by saying that Bergson's concept of time is essentially spatial?

In Being and Time, Heidegger writes: This task as a whole requires that the concept of time thus gained be distinguished from the common understanding of it. The latter has become explicit in an ...
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Useful discussion of Heidegger's "Ready-to-hand" and "present-at-hand" concepts?

Heidegger, as a tangent in his discussion of Daesin, talks about objects/tools which can be either ready-to-hand or present-at-hand. As I find Heidegger painfully unreadable, but his concepts useful, ...
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Should a philosopher's bigotry affect the interpretation of their work?

Aristotle is generally considered a genius of towering stature and the depth and breadth of his work are testament to this; however, by most accounts, and despite being progressive in many ways, he ...
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Why did Heidegger (postmodernism) ignore Schelling's later thought?

F.W.J. Schelling (1775-1854) seems to be a seriously overlooked figure of modern philosophy: is there a good reason (beyond the merely historical) for his diminished relative importance compared, for ...
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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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What is the relation between Spirit and Time in Hegel?

Martin Heidegger in his Being and Time criticized the connection between Spirit and Time proposed by Hegel saying that: Hegel shows the possibility of the historical actualization of spirit "in ...
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What is the argument for Heidegger's claim that philosophy can only be done in Greek and German?

Here it is said that Heidegger viewed German and Greek as the only languages in which doing philosophy is possible at all. The article references several sources [I won't list them to save space] I ...
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In what way is Heidegger's philosophy right wing?

I know that Heidegger was an NSDAP member but I am only somewhat familiar with his work, and I'm asking this question so that I don't have to scan everything he's written to find out. For an example,...
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Understanding "Being and Time"

After reading a few books on introduction to philosophy, I was recommended to read "Being and Time" by Martin Heidegger as I found temporality very interesting. Knowing that this book is one that many ...
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Which works of Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Dewey does Rorty call "therapeutic"?

In the introduction to Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Rorty speaks of later works of Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Dewey as therapeutic rather than constructive, edifying rather than systematic, ...
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What is onto-theology (Heideggerian)?

From what I understand, it is a term that combines ontology and theology, at least in the case of Heidegger, to describe modern metaphysics. To understand what onto-theology is, I first tried to ...
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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 seems ...
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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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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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What exactly is "Gestell" in Heidegger?

I've been reading up on Heidegger's Concept of Technology but for the life of me I can't quite grasp the idea of Gestell, would anyone care to explain in simple terms what he means by Gestell (...
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Language as the house of being

Heidegger writes in Letter on Humanism: Language is the House of Being. In its home human beings dwell. And then later: the widely and rapidly devastation of language not only undermines ...
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Heidegger's "Dasein" vs. Sartre's "Being for itself"

I must admit, I am relatively new to existentialist philosophy. But I couldn't help notice the similarities between Heidegger's "Dasein" and Satre's "Being-for-itself". I was ...
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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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Are Graham Harman's concealed real objects "inaccessible" or merely "not fully accessible in a given moment"?

I am reading Graham Harman's "Quadruple Object", but having difficulties in following the connection he makes between the Real Object and the Sensual Qualities. He starts forming his quadruple ...
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Where does Derrida say that deconstruction and the existence of or belief in God are incompatible?

I am searching for a text I've since lost that I believe is a transcription of a conversation between someone and Derrida. The context may have been Heidegger's particular conception of philosophy and ...
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What is the difference between Dasein and consciousness?

In Heidegger's Being and Time he probes the question of Being, and not of beings; he probes it by querying that being for which Being is a problem. This being he names Dasein = da sein = being there. ...
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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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What is Sorge (Care) in Heideggers thought?

Sorge is a concept used by Heidegger. Its defined by Miriam-Webster as: concern, care; especially : a feeling bordering on anxiety and is etmologically derived from from Old High German Sorga ...
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How many different usages of being is there in this short paragraph of Heidegger?

Quite close to the beginning of Being and Time, [SuZ p. 7] in what might be taken as the preamble and introduction; Heidegger writes the following: Regarding, understanding, grasping, choosing and ...
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Did Adorno retain anything from Heidegger's Being and Time?

I've read a little of Adorno, it's particularly slow work though. I had a look at (the poet) Rilke's elegies, which Wikipedia added the following to [from Adorno's book The Jargon of Authenticity] ...
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Are there better terms to translate Present-at-hand and Ready-to-hand?

These are both Heideggerian terms. Present-at-hand translates vorhanden and Vorhandenheit. It roughly denotes theoretical knowledge. Ready-to-hand translates griffbereit, zuhanden and Zuhandenheit. ...
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Is the question: why there is something rather than nothing?, the root of all philosophy?

I'm new to philosophy so bear with me. I've been reading Martin Heidegger (An introduction to metaphysics). In the book he claims that the question of why there is something rather than nothing is ...
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Who did Heidegger consider as the thinkers of Being in Antiquity?

Following this question; and in fact the answer by Ram T. I understand that Heidegger was interested in Heraclitus, and this by way of Holderlin; further, there are as far as I understand, a number ...
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What are the common responses to Heidegger's critique of aesthetics?

What are some possible problems with Martin Heidegger's critique of aesthetics, and how might one go about arguing against it? More specifically, what are some of the common arguments that have been ...
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Is there a word for 'language as the house of being'?

Heidegger asserts in Letter on Humanism that: language is the house of being. In its home human brings live. Is there a specific word in German, or Greek (considering Heidegger was a classicist) ...
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Is there a philosophical difference between consciousness and self-consciousness?

I was contemplating Heideggers idea of Being whose Being is a problem. Self-consciousness to me, whilst directly speaks of consciousness that is aware of its own self as a consciousness, also carries ...
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Heidegger - how does the present-at-hand become ready-to-hand?

I'm talking about the learning process... whereby a tool, first unfamiliar to the user, after some period of time, becomes transparent to the user. For example someone learning to play an instrument. ...
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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 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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Reference - Heidegger on Hölderlin's translations?

Surely Heidegger was well aware of the enormous power of Hölderlin's translations, especially of Sophocles' tragedies. Did Heidegger write something about this facet of Hölderlin?
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Can Humans Maintain a Free Relationship With Technology?

Heidegger argues in the “The Question Concerning Technology” that the essence of technology is a mode of disclosure or revealing, aletheia. However, modern technology has a special character which ...
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How to translate grundsein?

I came across the following quotation from Heidegger in a text by Agamben. Grundsein fur durch ein Nichts bestimmtes sein, das heisst grundsein einer nichtigkeit. The author translated as: ...
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What is the point of Heidegger's authenticity

I understand that the analysis of authenticity is part of his attempt to find the meaning of Being. But I'm not quite getting what it means to be authentic in today's somewhat nihilistic world. Is ...
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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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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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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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When Heidegger talks about "Being" is it related to the totality of all entities in a unity "Being"?

When Heidegger talks about "Being" is it related to the totality of all entities in a unity "Being"? That is, by analogy, is the Being in Heidegger something like "Para Brahman" (in Hindu Philosophy) ...
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Is there a Sanskrit term that overlaps semantically with ἀ–λήθεια (a-letheia)?

Sat (Sanskrit: सत्): is a Sanskrit adjective meaning "the ideal; pure and true essence (nature)" of an entity or existence in the Vedanta. It can thus be concluded as "the self-existent or ...