Heidegger at work.

Dasein is the:

central notion of Heidegger‘s philosophy as detailed in his major work, Being and Time (1927).  Dasein refers to the essential situatedness of a person in the world, his being-in-the-world.  For Dasein, to be and to be situated are one and the same.  The most common translation of ‘Dasein’ from the German is ‘being-there’.  However, although ‘sein’ certainly means ‘being’, ‘Da’ does not always mean ‘there’.  ‘Da’ can mean ‘neither here nor there, but somewhere in between’.  The essential indeterminacy of Dasein is temporal.  The being of Dasein in the world is to be a temporal movement away from the past towards teh future…Sartre was heavily influenced by Heidegger.  Sartre’s central notion of being-for-itself relates closely to Heidegger’s central notion of Dasein. (Cox, 56)


Cox, Gary.  The Sartre Dictionary.  New York: Continuum, 2008.

0 Responses to “Dasein”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


My Tweet Ramblings

  • RT @jfagone: Good news: San Francisco just announced they’re ramping up testing for the city’s healthcare workers and will open drive-thru… 2 days ago
  • RT @RadReflections: On this day in 1871, the Paris Commune first opened for official business. A brief blossoming of proletarian state pow… 1 week ago
  • Under capitalism, if your poor, you don't get access to water. "Almost 90 cities and states across the US have sus… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 weeks ago
  • RT @prwc_info: This is Macario Sakay. He fought alongside Andres Bonifacio against Spanish colonization and led the Philippine-American w… 4 weeks ago

My Internet Ramblings

%d bloggers like this: