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 third chapter turns to the new theoretical stance Heidegger advocates to us, phenomenology, and the existential condition to which it is tied, authenticity. This requires examining, rather more selectively, the terms and claims in Being and Time's second Division. We find that both everydayness and epistemology are responses to existential deficiencies in Dasein's condition, which Heidegger calls ‘nullities’, and links with guilt and anxiety. Both our everyday absorption in equipment, and our theoretical relation to objects, are ‘falling’ avoidances of these nullities, which is reflected above all in their temporal character. Heidegger promotes to us instead the method of phenomenology, which faces those nullities, in the authentic stance in which Dasein's temporality is transparent to it.

Keywords: anxiety; authenticity; falling; Heidegger; nullities; phenomenology; temporality

Chapter.  35120 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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