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Single Idea 9273

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

Full Idea

Heidegger turns to 'Being' for the same reason that Christians turn to God - to affirm the unique place of humans in the world.

Gist of Idea

Heidegger turns to 'Being' to affirm the uniqueness of humans in the world


report of Martin Heidegger (Being and Time [1927]) by John Gray - Straw Dogs 2.4

Book Reference

Gray,John: 'Straw Dogs' [Granta 2002], p.49

A Reaction

This is the first remark I have encountered that makes sense of Heidegger's Being to me! It places Heidegger as a modernist philosopher, trying to grapple with the decline of religion. I'll stick with Bertrand Russell on that.