Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The following is simply a reply to the question on "There-being," but refused to be posted as a mere comment. Anyway, I hope it's helpful. More in class:

Richardson notes in an easy to overlook footnote on p. 34 that "There-being" is the way he chooses to render "Dasein." So based on our short discussion last time of the "Da" in Dasein (see also Gadamer, top of 23, and Ryan's post)as signifying the way human being IS in the world, as an event or happening, and recognizing that "there" correlates" with "da" in the German, we perhaps can see what Richardson is getting at.

As we pursue our understanding of this difficult concept of Dasein or There-being, we might ask ourselves, in what way is human being most existentially THERE, most present as who we are?

Hang in there!

1 comment:

  1. As I was reading this I could not help but think of Jaspers and his concept of the being being aware of being yet not knowing what it really is. I think in this Heidegger would agree that being only comprehends its being of being insofar as it comprehends what it is in relation only to what it is not but that truly comprehending the being of being is to overcome this thrownness and work toward the origin of being and only then through the origins can being really understand itself and become what it is. But then again I may be reading to many other existentialists in here to deal with my lack of ability to really understand Heidegger