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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher

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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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Meaning of these words in Heidegger's "Being and Time"?

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 ...
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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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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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How does the phenomenal will feature in Heidegger?

How does 'phenomenal will' feature in Heidegger? I mean the sense that you are initiating actions. I'm asking because I'm unsure whether this can be manifest except in the present the dimensionality ...
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What are “intentionality”, “presence” and “taking as” with regards to Heidegger?

From Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Heidegger”: Viewed in relation to Being and Time, the central philosophical theme in these early years is Heidegger's complex critical relationship with ...
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Ontic/Ontological as parallel to a posteriori/a priori?

Heidegger makes the distinction between the ontic (concerning beings themselves) and the ontological (the being of beings, being as such). Would it be wise to say that the ontic covers the contingent ...
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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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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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How does Martin Heidegger want us to react to anxiety?

Introduction: After the world of das Man loses its significance and becomes meaningless, one falls in anxiety and he's able to embrace other possibilities. But this anxiety is converted automatically ...
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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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Did Heidegger claim that his "inauthenticity" was to some extent unavoidable for the individual?

Did Heidegger claim that his "inauthenticity" was to some extent unavoidable for the individual? I think I know that Sartre's bad faith was a necessary feature of overcoming it. Is the ...
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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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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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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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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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The meaning of "beings as a whole" for Heidegger

I am reading a secondary source on Heidegger's theory of truth and the phrases "being as a whole" and "beings as a whole" are appearing repeatedly. At first I thought this meant ...
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Heidegger Being and Time - where does chaos fit in?

Heidegger is at times very critical / skeptical of later generations inheriting and applying the traditional Greek ontological frameworks. Chaos (χάος), as an unordered void state in cosmogonies in ...
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Sartre and the cogito

When Sartre inverted the Aristotelian doctrine of essence before existence; should he also have inverted the Descartians cogito; not cogito, sum but sum, cogito; given that thinking is the essence of ...
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Dasein is or isn't responsible, isn't accountable: so what?

I was looking at this The Origins of Responsibility By François Raffoul It's not immediately clear what it means to be responsible but not accountable. Is it just the very loud claim that Dasein'...
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Whn Badiou asserts that mathematics is Ontology what does he mean by Ontology?

Badious oeuvre can be succintly phrased in his slogan: mathematic is ontology. Mathematics I understand. So the question really is the other part of his slogan. I take his 'is' to be normal and ...
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How would Heidegger criticize Descartes' melting candle analogy?

I've recently finished reading Being and Time and have attempted to supplement my understanding with different takes on the piece. One interesting angle that I've mused upon myself but haven't seen in ...
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Does anyone consider Being 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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Speculative realism: Does changing law of nature collapse the ancestral argument? [closed]

Lets say, I am an astronomer, Bob Down jr. When I was twelve years old I was a perfect naive realist. I did know nature as something bigger and more powerful than me. Not that I had no power. No doubt,...
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What valuable thought came out of Heidegger's Being and Time?

I'm originally studied in natural science, so when I read philosophy I tend to put a lot of it into a scientific context, which usually supersedes whatever I'm reading and effectively stamps it out. ...
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Do "things" that are present depend on Dasein?

Do "things" that are present depend on Dasein? I have read Being and Time, but a very long time ago. I am not sure if I mean present at hand, but I do mean in general anything that exists in ...
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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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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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Any advice for starting with Heidegger's What is Called Thinking

I thought I might pick up a copy, see what he's saying there. Any advice, things to look out for, half baked rebuttals of the project?
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What is the gist of Heidegger's idea about 'being'?

I was reading Heidegger's Basic Concepts and came across the following quote: "the casting-toward of being and the casting away of being are equally essential" (P. 75) I do understand that only ...
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Can an entity like a car be Dasein?

Can an entity like a car be (literally, not metaphorically) Dasein? Or does Dasein's comportment mean that what we are comported towards is not Dasein? What about abstract entities like e.g. love. ...
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Audio lectures of Hubert Dreyfus's 2008 course on Being and Time, Division Two

Apologies for the somewhat sordid nature of this question, but I have spent quite some time looking for this already, with no result. I am looking for audio lectures belonging to a course given by ...
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Is the origin of Dasein the same as that of image making?

I'm reading Being and Time and have got to the passage where Heidegger says [...] we are to destroy the traditional content of ancient ontology until we arrive at those primordial experiences in ...
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What is the character of Heidegger's notion of authenticity in being-towards-death?

When Heidegger deals with death as Dasein's non-relational, ownmost possibility in Being and Time he distinguishes between free selfhood and the they-self. He suggests a way of embracing man's ...
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Has anyone studied the beings of logic from Heidegger's "Time & being" perspective?

The nature of the word 'logic' differs according to the context where it is used (i.e., Aristotle and Socrates, boolean algebra, symbolic logic, propositional logic, etc.) Has any philosopher focussed ...
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Questions on Phenomenology

This is from https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/phenomenology/#DiscPhen Section 4 paragraph 9 One of Heidegger’s most innovative ideas was his conception of the “ground” of being, looking to modes of ...
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Being vs beings [closed]

I'm reading a book of Martin Heidegger in which i found the term 'being' and 'beings' I tried to know more about it but there is not much reference on internet.. Please explain both the term according ...
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How does Bergson’s conception of time differ from Heideggers’s?

I know that both did conceive of temporal time and brough it closer to our finite expirince, thus turning away from classical metaphysics of time. But what is the difference between them?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does Heidegger suggest that authenticity is an alternative to a genealogy of morals?

I read Being and TIme by Heidegger but some 10 years ago now. I remember this section, because of its somewhat fascist overtones, and had another look at it (out of context) today. Page 386 of that ...
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