Heideggers Being

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Heidegger believes that’s the role and ultimate goal of philosophy is to achieve an

understanding and awareness of one’s being. Heidegger rejects the modern idea of

progress which plans a projected future of society. Heidegger wants to block this

revolution, which is constant revolutionizing of modern ideas becoming, and therefore

rejects the basic belief of modernism, the belief in progress is not the belief in becoming.

Strauss believes that progress has become a problem and that progress has lead us to the

brink of an abyss and that we need to consider alternatives for modern progress. Strauss

believes that we were once on the right way and now we are on the wrong way. Both

Strauss and Heidegger agree that science and philosophy begin from what is naturally

given to human experience. Both philosophers agree with Nietzsche that modern idea of

progress has lead to the age of the last man which the last man is tired of life, does not

seek risks only comfort and security.

Mans understanding of his own being in the world is what gives him access to

other beings and gives them the chance to show themselves who they really are. When we

think about the question of being we need to realize that the question of being is as old as

man himself. Heidegger states that modern technology is the supreme danger which lies

with humans ability to listen, reflect and witness. Heidegger says “who accomplishes the

challenging setting-upon through which what we call the actual is revealed as standing-

reserve? Obviously man”# Heidegger believes to live authentically, one must discover

oneself in direct relation to the thing which is capable of thinking and capable of genuine

discourse. To be inauthentic is to be characterized by a kind of doubt in which one’s

relation to the crowd and the requirements of daily life. Heidegger states that “man so

decisively in subservience to on the challenging-forth of enframing that he does not grasp

enframing as a claim, that he fails to see himself as the one spoken to, and hence also fails

in every way to hear in what respect he exists, in terms of his essence, in a realm where he

is addressed, so that he can never encounter only himself.”# Nothing is revealed from this

and Heidegger uses “Da-Sein” means as being held onto nothing, where you become

aware of nothing the world and it goes away. Heidegger believes that modern technology

starts man upon the way of that revealing through which the actual everywhere, more or

less distinctly, becomes standing-reserve.# Modern technology represents danger, and

technology becomes the basis of truth, rather than humans becoming the awareness of

concealed truth. Therefore, the key to realize the saving power of modern technology is

considering and witnessing the unfolding of its essence. Rather than becoming, “the

essential unfolding harbors in itself what we least suspect, the possible rise of saving

power.”# Heidegger turns to the potential saving power of modern technology, he

questions concerning technology is the question concerning the constellation in which

revealing and concealing in which essential unfolding of truth propriates.# Heidegger’s

idea of being is from the widest and deepest distinction, the difference between

something and nothing. To understand the idea of being is to search and discover all the

key structures of man’s existence in which being enables a man to understand the

possibilities of his own being and those of other beings.

Leo Strauss follows Nietzsche and Heidegger in seeing a crisis of nihilism at the

heart of the modern idea of progress, which opens up the possibility of a return to a

principle forgotten or lost sight in the new modern world. Again, like Nietzsche and

Heidegger, Strauss would see that the recovery of the lost principles involves a return to...
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