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Division III of Heidegger's Being and TimeThe Unanswered Question of Being$
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Lee Braver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029681

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029681.001.0001

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Being and the Sea: Being as Phusis, and Time

Being and the Sea: Being as Phusis, and Time

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Division III of Heidegger's Being and Time

Katherine Withy

The MIT Press

Division III of Being and Time was supposed to address the question of the sense of being, which is questionable because being is both given to us yet hidden from us. Division I explains how being is given by showing how Dasein discovers entities and discloses being. Heidegger should have then explained the withholding of being, but he is distracted by a different (yet related) phenomenon: inauthenticity. As a result, the structure of temporality with which Heidegger closes Division II captures our openness to being but not its finitude. Heidegger only starts to think this finitude in the 1930s when he thinks being as phusis, which he finds expressed in the choral ode from Sophocles’ Antigone in the image of the stormy sea that both swells up and sweeps under.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Phusis, Sophocles, choral ode, temporality, finitude

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