Analysis Of ' What Heidegger Means By Being On The World ' By Roy Hornsby

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Defining the Being that does the defining, the awareness that is aware, the formless thing that gives form, seems to be an almost impossible task to do through language. Some philosophers arduously endeavor to explain these concepts in convoluted and seemingly clever ways. Making up new names for old terms in an effort to build a new foundation through which the ineffable could be understood. The essay ‘What Heidegger Means by Being-in-the-World’ by Roy Hornsby is a good example of this arduous endeavor.

The main focus of Hornsby’s essay deals with Martin Heidegger’s definition of the entity that experiences and exists in the world. This entity, Heidegger calls ‘Dasein’, and exists only in the world, and not without it. Dasein has two main modes of existence in relation to the world, those are: ‘Authentic existence’ and ‘Inauthentic existence’. Heidegger says both of these modes must be experienced and understood for the ‘Dasein’ to realize itself.

This ‘Dasein’ cannot be thought of as something material says Heidegger. It is ‘being-there’, with ‘there’ meaning the world. The world, says Heidegger, is “a primordial phenomenon and the basis of all ontological inquiry”, “the world is here, now and everywhere around us” (Hornsby page 1, paragraph 2). The term ‘concern’ is used as a way of ‘Being-in-the-world’ for a Dasein. It allows for prioritization of decisions that move the Dasein from one situation to another (Hornsby page 2, paragraph 7). This ‘concern’ with the world…

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