Definition of Dasein in English:


Line breaks: Da¦sein
Pronunciation: /ˈdɑːzʌɪn


[mass noun] Philosophy
  • (In Hegelianism) existence or determinate being; (in existentialism) human existence.
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    • I am having a hard time linking Heidegger's view of modern technology with his early ideas of Dasein as a being that is primarily engaged with the world pragmatically.
    • The call of conscience is the call of care, and it comes from Dasein itself.
    • The meaning of Dasein is temporality and though Dasein is not homo sapiens, in German usage the category does tend to refer to human beings.


mid 19th century: German, from dasein 'exist', from da 'there' + sein 'be'.

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