Understanding Being and Dasein’s Temporality

  • Johannes Achill Niederhauser


When I first introduced the understanding of being earlier in this part, I presupposed the specific meaning of “understanding.” Yet, it is crucial to carve out what Heidegger means by “understanding” to grasp being to its full extend. I shall here now also carve out how the understanding of being relates to Dasein’s temporality. I tie my findings to the role death plays in this regard. As we know from the Davos Disputation, Being and Time posits death as utmost limit in order to develop Dasein’s radical and “primordial” futurity. I thus also address the question why Heidegger thinks it necessary to posit a radical futurity of Dasein’s understanding of being and how death is at all supposed to enable Dasein’s futurity. In order to do so I need to explicate Dasein’s temporal ecstasies, a term Heidegger bases on the Ancient Greek word ἐκστατικόν. Heidegger understands ἐκστατικόν to indicate Dasein’s “primordialoutside of itself”.” (SZ: 329/302) The analysis of Dasein’s ecstatic temporality serves to move the analytic beyond Dasein’s pre-ontological and nonthematic understanding of being. My main argument in this chapter is that both Dasein’s pre-ontological understanding and its thematic grasping of being are conditional on being-toward-death.


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  • Johannes Achill Niederhauser
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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