Phil 264 - Heidegger

Phil 264 - Heidegger - Heidegger's Being and Time (1927)...

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Heidegger's Being and Time (1927) Significance of Heidegger's Work: Heidegger's work is significant primarily because it represents an influential approach to philosophical questions that differs radically from traditional approaches to such questions. The editors of the text mention 3 respects in which Heidegger's highly original work has been influential. (i) Nature of project: focus on the nature of human existence/experience (ii) Clash with traditional philosophy - for instance, regards traditional skeptical concerns as misguided (iii) Emphasis on the world as we encounter and experience it - NOT on the world as it exists independently of human interests and concerns. TEN BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT BEING AND TIME 1. What is Heidegger's basic approach to philosophy in Being and Time ? His interest is in understanding the nature of human existence , as actually experienced by us. His methodology is one of careful reflection (vs. logical argumentation). 2. How does Heidegger's approach differ from that of traditional (analytic) metaphysics? First, what is traditional metaphysics and what is its approach? Traditional metaphysics concerns the nature of mind-independent existence: the nature of reality, as it exists independently of the human perspective . Metaphysicians working in this tradition are interested in the nature of human existence, but no more than they are in the nature of other aspects of reality - such as space, time, matter, and causality. The approach taken by traditional metaphysicians is to arrive at an understanding of mind-independent reality through a priori argumentation . Heidegger, in sharp contrast, is interested in existence (or Being) from a distinctively human perspective . His central question is (something like): What is it to be human , to be a being for whom one's existence matters ? Heidegger
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2009 for the course PHIL 264 taught by Professor Reimer during the Spring '07 term at Arizona.

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Phil 264 - Heidegger - Heidegger's Being and Time (1927)...

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