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Single Idea 15572

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 5. Existence-Essence]

Full Idea

Dasein's Being-what-it-is (essentia) must….be conceived in terms of its Being (existentia).

Gist of Idea

Being what it is (essentia) must be conceived in terms of Being (existence)


Martin Heidegger (Being and Time [1927], 67/42), quoted by Richard Polt - Heidegger: an introduction 3.§2

Book Reference

Polt,Richard: 'Heidegger: an introduction' [Routledge 2003], p.30

A Reaction

This seems to be the origin of Sartre's famous slogan 'existence before essence'. It seems to be a rebellion against Husserl's quest for essences.

Related Idea

Idea 15570 Phenomenology is the science of essences - necessary universal structures for art, representation etc. [Husserl, by Polt]