The question of Being

Authored by: Herman Philipse

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866


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Many generations of readers, among them well-known philosophers such as Sartre and Levinas, have been intrigued by Martin Heidegger’s most important book, Sein und Zeit (Being and Time), first published in 1927. The promise permeating the text that one may become a more authentic individual if one understands adequately Heidegger’s philosophical analysis of human existence, offers an alluring prospect. Yet this “fundamental ontology of Dasein [being-there],” as Heidegger calls it, comprises merely one-third of the book as it was originally planned. In its initial setup, disclosed in section 8, there were to be six divisions of Being and Time, whereas the published fragment on human existence contains only two of them.

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