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Single Idea 20748

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / b. Fact and value]

Full Idea

We do not throw a 'signification' over some naked thing which is present-at-hand, we do not stick a value on it; but when something is encountered as such, the thing in question has an involvement which is disclosed in our understanding of the world.

Gist of Idea

We do not add value to naked things; its involvement is disclosed in understanding it


Martin Heidegger (Being and Time [1927], p.190-1), quoted by George Dickie - The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude 3 'Undoing'

Book Reference

Aho,Kevin: 'Existentialism: an introduction' [Polity 2014], p.37

A Reaction

Analytic philosophy and science have tried to dismantle experience, and Heidegger wants to put it back together. I would say there is a big difference between encountering a thing (which is a bit facty), and understanding it (which is more valuey).

Related Idea

Idea 6118 Philosophy is logical analysis, followed by synthesis [Russell]