Category Archives: Phil 185: Heidegger

Back, From The Future

Many phenomena we encounter seem to suggest that the future is determined by the present which is itself determined by the past. The physical sciences produce laws whereby events are causally sufficient to bring about other events. Also, people tend … Continue reading

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The priority of the ready-to-hand

In establishing the relationship between readiness-to-hand and presence-at-hand, we must first get clear on the meanings of these two terms. I will deal with a basic description of each in turn, but first I will make some preliminary remarks about … Continue reading

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Heidegger pulls a Kant

Martin Heidegger begins Being & Time by saying “Our aim in the following treatise is to work out the question of the meaning of being and to do so concretely.” He means to answer the very difficult question “What is … Continue reading

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First thoughts on Being and Time

In Heidegger’s Being and Time: A Reader’s Guide, William Blattner writes that Heidegger uses Husserl’s Phenomenological method in his analysis of everyday life. That method being a “way of disentangling the mind’s representation from the objects it represents and from … Continue reading

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What is a tool when it is not in use?

In Being and Time, Heidegger describes a special mode of being for tools when they are in use. He calls it  “readiness-to-hand” [Zuhandenheit]. Readiness-to-hand is the kind of being of anything useful. The most common example is a hammer. A … Continue reading

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