<i>Vorhandenheit</i> and <i>Zuhandenheit</i> Revisited

Denis McManus

in Heidegger and the Measure of Truth

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694877
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745706 | DOI:
Vorhandenheit and Zuhandenheit Revisited

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Chapter 6 demonstrates what one might naturally call the ‘priority of the Zuhanden over the Vorhanden’: the capacity, for example, to make assertions about basic physical characteristics of objects presupposes a mastery of certain practices and certain tools. The present chapter teases out some of the other contributions that that chapter makes to an understanding of other concerns raised by Heidegger's reflections on the present-at-hand, the ready-to-hand, and ‘the theoretical attitude’. In particular, it proposes that the diverse uses that Heidegger makes of these concepts are united by a concern with a ‘forgetting of Being’; this is a ‘forgetting’ to which an ‘orientation towards the assertion’ leads and which bears notable relations to what Heidegger calls ‘inauthenticity’.

Keywords: present-at-hand; ready-to-hand; practice; theoretical attitude; assertion; proposition; authenticity; forgetting of being

Chapter.  7483 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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