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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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The Antinomy of Being and the End of Philosophy

The Antinomy of Being and the End of Philosophy

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Division III of Heidegger's Being and Time

Karsten Harries

The MIT Press

What would the Third Division of Being and Time have said and why didn’t Heidegger ever publish it? To answer the second question by pointing out that Heidegger was rushed into publication is insufficient. The project of Being and Time was left incomplete because by its very nature the task Heidegger had set himself could not be completed: According to Being and Time fundamental ontology is the ontological analytic of Dasein. But, as Heidegger came to recognize, this supposedly fundamental ontology is unable to provide a firm foundation on which to raise our philosophical edifice. The project of Being and Time, and more fundamentally that of philosophy, had to suffer shipwreck on what I call the antinomy of Being. In Being and Time this antinomy announces itself in the questions raised by Heidegger’s claim that, while Being cannot be without Dasein, that cannot be said of beings. The exploration of the meaning of Being had to open up an abyss into which responsible thinking cannot descend. And in the process it had to become clear that no determination of the Being of things can claim to provide philosophical thinking with an adequate foundation.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Being and Time, antinomy of Being, fundamental ontology, end of philosophy

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