Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Third Place summarizes Askay on the body and French philosophers.
Askay suggests that Heidegger would agree with Merleau-Ponty that embodiment is presupposed by existence, but he would not follow the logic that this prevents existence from being prior. This is a recurring theme within Heidegger’s thought, that from a given starting point (e.g. embodiment) we can find ourselves moving on to something which we find to be more primordial than that starting point (e.g. existence). We see the same pattern in Being and Time, where authenticity can be seen as a modification of inauthenticity. Starting from the latter, with work we eventually reach authentic being, which is actually more original, and grounds inauthentic being.
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