Overcoming Metaphysics: A Heideggerian Approach to the Truth of Being

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In contrast to Husserl pure phenomenology, Heidegger proposes hermeneutic phenomenology, which proceeds by means of interpretation. Heidegger notes that traditional understanding of Being, guided by the notion of substance, is inseparable from the idea of presence. This Heidegger identifies as a metaphysical way of identifying an immovable mover or an eternal and never changing dimension of time that can otherwise be measured as clock time. Overcoming this metaphysical thinking lies the dimension of Being that is also essentially related with temporality. What is this essential dynamic temporal dimension of time that characterizes the ontological dimension of Being? How far is Being determined by time? Being and time, says Heidegger, determine each other reciprocally. Human being as a being, as Da-sein, is not the master of its own origin but finds itself as already an existing fact, i.e., immersed in its original situation of mundaneness in dependence on other beings as thrown into the world to existence. Dasein is a being to death or a being to nothing. Man alienates himself from his authentic existence as being-to-death and acts in an inauthentic way. Man is not the ruler but guardian of Being and his way of being is bound up with destiny of Being. The thesis, Overcoming Metaphysics: A Heideggerian Approach to the Truth of Being, makes an attempt at exploring Heideggerian quest for the ontic and the ontological dimensions of Being in light of his deconstruction of the metaphysical tradition of philosophy.
Supervisor: Archana Barua