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Dasein. In ordinary German, Dasein (literally, “being-there” or “being-here”) means existence, usually in the sense of the existence rather than non-existence of some particular thing. Heidegger, however, uses this word in an idiosyncratic way to designate one being in particular: the human being, the being for whom its own existence can become a question. In designating human beings as Dasein, Heidegger is rejecting philosophical conceptions that treat the essence of the human as something independent of historical place and time. Instead, he wants to emphasize that human existence is rooted in a “here”; our distinct way of Being is enmeshed in a particular history and connected to a unique but transient place with all the filiations of language, cultural practices, and traditions that are our own. As human beings, for Heidegger, we are here. We follow the established tradition in leaving the term Dasein untranslated...you are here.
(—Excerpt from: "Being and Truth" by Martin Heidegger. Scribd.
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