This study examines the German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s (1889-1976) magna opus Being and Time (1927). More specifically the aim is to analyze how and why the concepts of das Man and anxiety is constitutive of Dasein. We embark on the quest to understand Heidegger’s philosophical project by contextualizing his work. We thereby show a keen interest in and understanding of Heidegger’s philosophical and scientific context. Heidegger’s method is founded in the phenome-nological tradition which manifests in his harsh critic of the scientific dogma expressed by the tradi-tion of logical positivism, where the human experience of scientific practice is nowhere to find, and thereby misses the point, that without the fundamental understanding that all knowledge is human knowledge, interpreted as such, there would be no science. The study discusses what and how ex-actly the concept of das Man can be interpreted in relation to relevant concepts such as ‘Dasein’, ‘authenticity’, ‘inauthenticity’, ‘truth’, ‘revealing’ and ‘concealing’.
The analysis of the study shows that Heidegger doesn’t provide readymade answers to what he means by authentic and inauthentic being. Furthemore the study examines the concept of Dasein as the capacity for ontological knowledge and hereby making the concept of das Man an epistemolog-ical category having the capacity for both authenticity and inauthenticity. Subsequently, the study presents a possible way of grasping Being and Time as providing a philosophy of life that encour-ages the reader to engage in a reflection upon self-understanding.
|Uddannelser||Filosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||28 maj 2018|
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