John Richardson

in Existential Epistemology

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239222
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598319 | DOI:

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The first chapter gives Heidegger's account of our (Dasein's) everyday or ordinary condition. This requires laying out the system of Being and Time's first Division, which offers that account; I try to give its terms and claims (relative) analytic clarity. Heidegger stresses the pragmatic character of our everyday stance: we know things by way of knowing how to do things with them. We ‘project’ towards certain ends, and understand things in being able to use them as ‘ready‐to‐hand’ equipment within those projects; this understanding is implicit and largely inarticulate. The full network of this know‐how is our world; our relation to this world is one of concern or ‘care’.

Keywords: Dasein; everydayness; Heidegger; know‐how; pragmatism; projection

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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