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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher

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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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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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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 ...
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Is Heidegger's "Being" a class template or a random variable taking realizations?

I have a fairly strong background in math and programming as it is my daily work. I have recently started getting interested in philosophy and often has the habit of drawing analogy between ...
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Sources for the threefold structure of the act of questioning in Being and Time

In section 2 of Being and Time, Heidegger discusses "what belongs to a question in general". In particular, he writes (transl. by Joan Stambaugh) Every questioning is a seeking. Every seeking takes ...
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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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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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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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Why didn't Heidegger take other kinds emotion as the deepest and original feeling of Dasein?

As the author of The phenomenological movement, Spiegelberg. H., put it, why should Heidegger take "angst" or "Sorge" as the deepest and original feeling of Dasein (although I myself support it and ...
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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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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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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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Heidegger's being-towards-death?

May I have misunderstood Heidegger philosophy, and I've melted up it with psycology, but isn't the being-towards-death, with the authentic Dasein, an anxious way of life? I mean, in the moment 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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Introduction to Heidegger

I have not read anything of Martin Heidegger and I am interested in starting. I understand that "Being and Time" can be very difficult, so what would be a good place to start? (including ...
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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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Why did Heidegger chose to delay the publications of his Beiträge zur Philosophie?

Heidegger's Beiträge (Contributions to philosophy) were published with other writings in 1989, 50 years after their completion, as per Heidegger wish. Do we have any indication from Heidegger, veiled ...
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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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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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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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Differences between Being, Existing, Ontical and Existential in "Being and Time"

I am trying to understand the differences between Being, Ontical and Existential. What are they trying to imply by themselves, separately? Ontical seems to mean "physical existence". ...
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Is this a point of contact between Marxism and Heidegger?

Is this a point of contact between Marxism and Heidegger? Marx complains (bitterly) about exploitation by your - class - enemies Heidegger complains about inauthenticity, which I might gloss as ...
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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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What does Lacan mean when he says "the necessity to eat one's Dasein"?

This page claims: we have to return to the basic questions behind Lacan's statements on the arrival of the letter at its destination and the necessity to eat one's Dasein How can we "eat" a ...
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Can a physicist say why there is something rather than nothing? [closed]

Can a physicist say why there is something rather than nothing? And so what if they can't? If you are Heidegger please do be very sophisticated (i.e. contemporary)
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What is the significance of Heidegger's concept of Gewörfenheit (AKA throwness)?

I don't know much about Heidegger but I happen to like this concept very much. The feeling that we are "thrown" into this world. I'm taking a class on creative writing and wanted to write something ...
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The Soil of Being and Time

In Being and Time, Heidegger claims that an analysis of Dasein is preparatory in that it is guided by the task of working out the question of being. In particular, its purpose is to "uncover the soil" ...
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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 ...