Monday, February 18, 2008

Winter, Week 5 Meeting - Part IV

Idle Talk, Curiosity, Ambiguity (§35-37)

We concluded by connecting our discussion of falling and its in/authentic modes back to dasein’s everyday disclosedness in idle talk, curiosity and ambiguity. Even in philosophising, we may be engaged in nothing more than idle talk – just passing along philosophical catchphrases without fully appropriating what they make manifest. And since most of us are stuck in such everyday disclosedness, we’re pretty much all inauthentic. As much as we would like to consider ourselves authentic, on Heidegger’s account authenticity is exceedingly hard and rare.

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