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Single Idea 8137

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / h. Dasein (being human)]

Full Idea

The formal existential totality of Dasein's ontological structural whole is: the Being of Dasein means ahead-of-itself-Being-already-in-(the-world) as Being-alongside (entities encountered within-the-world).

Gist of Idea

Dasein is ahead of itself in the world, and alongside encountered entities


Martin Heidegger (Being and Time [1927], I.6 41)

Book Reference

Heidegger,Martin: 'Being and Time' [Blackwell 1962], p.237

A Reaction

If you find that thought really illuminating, you are probably on the wrong website. However, the thought that we exist 'ahead of ourselves' might be a fruitful line for existentialists to explore.