What Heidegger Means By Being In-The-World Analysis

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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
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These topics are big interests of mine and it seems to be that the only way of understanding them is not through language descriptions but only through experiences of them. I think Heidegger’s ‘Dasein’ is similar to the ‘observer’ in quatum physics, which is the entity or consciousness that collapses the wave of potential possibilities into a single observable or measureable possibility. Except that Dasein can only be operating through a framework, which is the ‘world’. But I think that consciousness is independent of the world and is primary, not existing secondary or as a byproduct of the world. Verfall is the descent of consciousness into a more separate and unaware human existence, which occurs before rising to a greater level of awareness, which I also believe we as human beings are on that cusp …show more content…
For example the idea that Dasein cannot exist outside the world, which seems to be only a physical world because Heidegger says the “The ‘end’ of Being-in-the-world is death” (Hornsby page 7, paragraph 2). He says we are ‘thrown’ into this world without any prior knowledge or voluntary choice. Then what about the possibility of Reincarnation? Of course there are many different understandings of it, but my believe is that we do have a choice in the life we pick to reincarnate as, and more importantly, that life continues to exist after death in much greater realities and greater forms of existences or ‘beingness’. This belief is difficult to prove, but there have been many documented examples of children remembering things about their past lives that were extremely private and only known to very few people. To say that it does not exist because one cannot remember is a poor argument. Though it’s true that we only accept the possibilities of things based on our remembered experiences, quantum physics will tell you that all things are possible and all are happening simultaneously.

Dasein living as the ‘Inauthentic Self’ can be thought of as the ‘personaility’ or ‘ego’ because his ‘care’ for ‘concern’ with the world implies a sort of attachment to the world. An attachment which exist when the entity can only see itself as being completely dependent of the world, and not experiencing the world willingly, based on

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