The Concept of ‘Constitution’

Denis McManus

in Heidegger and the Measure of Truth

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694877
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745706 | DOI:
The Concept of ‘Constitution’

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This chapter presents an interpretation of the possible significance of phenomenological reflection, based around a reading of Heidegger's appropriation of Husserl's concept of ‘constitution’. Such reflection examines the diverse forms that subjectivity must take in order to engage with objects, and also draws our attention to the diverse forms of ‘being’ that those objects instantiate. Introducing the important ideas of ‘original having’, ‘subject-correlate’ and the ‘theoretical attitude’, the chapter illustrates how such reflection can be found at work in Heidegger's early thought (taking as a particular example his reflections on religious belief) as well as in — on Heidegger's reading of it — the history of philosophy.

Keywords: constitution; phenomenology; ontology; intentionality; being; religious belief; original having; subject-correlate; theoretical attitude

Chapter.  7405 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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