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THE HEIDEGGERIAN CONCEPT OF DASEIN AND ITS ONTOLOGICAL MODALITY: DAS MAN

Title in the language of publication: THE HEIDEGGERIAN CONCEPT OF DASEIN AND ITS ONTOLOGICAL MODALITY: DAS MAN
Author: ANNA MAŁECKA, PIOTR MRÓZ
Issue: HORIZON. Studies in Phenomenology.
Vol. 10, №1 (2021), 45-60
Language: English
Document type: Research Article
DOI : 10.21638/2226-5260-2021-10-1-45-60 PDF(Downloads: 420)

Abstract
The paper presents a non-standard interpretation of the celebrated Heideggerian existential das Man in terms of its oft-underrated unity with Dasein—an entity of a special ontic-ontological prerogative. The present authors intend to highlight this essential theme in terms of the specific unity of Dasein being-in-the world, covering many subsequent and adjacent existentials in the analytics of the Heideggerian existential hermeneutics, especially Mitsein/Mitdasein. Dasein’s existence-essence is based on the structure of possibilities, and hence free, spontaneous choices, while Das Man is a concrete choice of a certain modus of existence rendering—as it were—all other modi invalid and non-operational. Although Heidegger is far from taking up an ethical or moral stance in its traditional understanding, he is quite adamant that the phenomenon of das Man invalidates a truly human project of existing one’s own possibilities—to wit—be oneself (Jemeines).

Keywords
Being qua Being, existence, being-in-the-world, authenticity versus inauthenticity, depersonalisation, hermeneutics, existentialism.

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