Lecture 14 PHL217H1 Oct 31 st
1.) Being and Time in Heidegger’s oeuvre and in the history of philosophy
- Being and Time is not Heidegger’s main work
- The work was never finished
- He constantly subjects being and time to criticism
- The question of being which Heidegger claims has been forgotten with the
history of philosophy is a ridiculous claim
- Being in the way Heidegger says it should be distinguished from
beingness; being itself is not an entity. He says being is not a being in the
literal sense. Beingness is just a higher order of being.
2.) The “necessity” of the question of Being vs. the “necessity” of restating this
- Heidegger uses priority here to represent “necessity” and says it is the
question that cannot be avoided in one’s existence
- This is different from the need to reformulate the question; Heidegger says
philosophers should not appeal to obvious things.
- He mentions three prejudices; being is universal, indefinable and self-