The ‘Founding’ of Measurement in Understanding without Fit

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 ‘Founding’ of Measurement in Understanding without Fit

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The previous chapter provides an abstract account which assigns senses to central elements of Heidegger's fundamental ontology but also raises several objections. The present chapter explores how these proposals might be given concrete sense — a sense which later chapters show resolve most of those objections. Drawing on Heidegger's own use of the motif of measurement and his discussions of scientific knowledge, the chapter explores some basic practices of measurement; this provides a demonstration of how the making of assertions might be said to be ‘founded’ in modes of understanding which provide a ‘prior’ or ‘anticipatory’ ‘measure’, which take a recognizably ‘practical’ form, and which cannot themselves be seen as ‘corresponding’ to their ‘objects’. Though the latter claim plays an important role in making sense of Heidegger's rejection of realism and idealism, another form of criticism to which such practices might be subject is identified, drawing on Heidegger's reflections on authenticity.

Keywords: measurement; science; practice; projection; assertion; correspondence; realism; idealism; original having; authenticity

Chapter.  12931 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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