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One of the most important philosophical works of our time--a work that has had tremendous influence on philosophy, literature and psychology, and has literally changed the intellectual map of the modern world.
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Being and Time

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One of the most important philosophical works of our time--a work that has had tremendous influence on philosophy, literature and psychology, and has literally changed the intellectual map of the modern world.
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  • BN ID: 2940015949773
  • Publisher: Crane Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 660
  • Sales rank: 242,583
  • File size: 608 KB

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Martin Heidegger (September 26, 1889 – May 26, 1976) was a German philosopher known for his existential and phenomenological explorations of the “question of Being”.
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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Since 1995 I have read Being & Time 75 times. Around the 60t

    Since 1995 I have read Being & Time 75 times. Around the 60th reading I realized that there was no Martin Heidegger, there was no “Being & Time”, and there was no “book” to be read. I discovered that all there is is the conversation (Be-ing) that was occurring between the front and back covers of “Being & Time”. I also noticed that, like you, I have always been that conversation.

    Shortly after reading “Being & Time” the 72nd time I awoke in the morning and realized that I had left something behind. I had uncovered new ground to stand on. As Heidegger would say it, I realized that I live alongside a world determined by measurability (length, width, height, locality, mass, etc.) and definability, however, who I am can't be defined by the world's criteria. I “took a leap of faith” into Be-ing and gave up 'proving'. Be-ing is uncoverable, however it is not measurable, definable, or provable.

    “Being & Time” speaks to Be-ing. The difficulty in reading “Being & Time is caused by the reader attempting to “fit” what is being discussed into the world's measurability and definability. 'Knowing' is not the same as 'proving'. You can 'know' what is between the front and back covers of “Being & Time”, however, you can't come close to being able to prove what you know.

    Part of the difficulty in reading “Being and Time” is caused by the prolific use of the word “being”. When you read the word 'being' you make the assumption that you know what is being said because 'being' is definable by the dictionary and you have known what it meant for a long time. In a lot of cases where the word 'being' is used what is really intended is actually “Be-ing”. If you don't make the distinction between 'being' and 'Be-ing' you will 'fly' over the words assuming that you know what you are reading only to bang your head against confusion. You need to have the distinction between 'being' and 'Be-ing' in your 'tool box' and vigilantly make the distinction (where appropriate) as you read “Being & Time”. To help me stay vigilant in my quest I typed all 488 pages of the book and (where appropriate) changed 'being' to 'Be-ing'. One other word you should be aware of is Dasein. Dasein is German for 'there-being' or 'being-there'. I found in my reading that 'Dasein' (as a concept) was getting in the way of what I was reading so I changed it to “Be-ing-there” throughout the book. Even the title of the book is inaccurate. The title should be “Be-ing & Time” and not “Being & Time”.

    Language always happens after perception. “Be-ing” is the “space” where the ability to 'manufacture' the definition of 'being' takes place. Measurability and definability happen in language and the dictionary is the 'rule book'.

    The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary defines “being” as a thing called a noun: it is “the quality or state of having existence; something conceivable as existing; something that actually exists; a living thing”.

    You, who you really are, is not a measurable, definable, thing. You are “Be-ing”, an uncovering.

    “Being & Time” speaks to what you know and not to what you can prove. “Being & Time” and all of Heidegger's works speak to “Be-ing”. His works won't provide you with the ammunition you need to 'dominate the world'. His works will only allow you to 'uncover' the ground you already stand on so that you have some say as to whether the 'world' gets to dominate you or not.

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