The Meaning Of Being Part 1

The Meaning Of Being Part 1

Recently, I’ve started reading Heidegger’s Being & Time again. It’s been a few years since I delved into his thinking. I became interested again while studying archetypal psychology, ala James Hillman, Roberts Avens, and Henry Corbin. I must credit Avens’ book, The New Gnosis, as being the catalyst for this renewed interest.

Some of what I will write here will be personal notes of my studies.

Heidegger begins the book with a quote from Plato’s Sophist 244a:

For manifestly you have long been aware of what you mean when you use the expression “being.” We, however, who used to think we understood it, have now become perplexed.

 Not since the days of Plato and Aristotle had there been such an intense scrutinizing of the meaning of Being. With this quote from Plato, Heidegger announces his intention to revive the importance of the investigation into the meaning of Being. Socrates said, The unexamined life is not worth living; Heidegger does not believe a philosopher is worthy of the title without examining this most basic of all life’s questions, What is the meaning of Being?

Heidegger claims that the question of the meaning of Being has been forgotten. He also claims that a dogma has arisen among philosophers sanctioning the neglect and superfluous nature of questioning the meaning of Being.


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