Definition of Dasein in English:



  • [mass noun] (in Hegelianism) existence or determinate being; (in existentialism) human existence.

    • ‘Heidegger appropriates from Book 6 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics the different ways beings can be uncovered by Dasein.’
    • ‘There is a link therefore in Heidegger's explication of the meaning of Dasein to Ricoeur's own elucidation of the meaning of the subject.’
    • ‘The call of conscience is ontologically possible only because the very basis of Dasein's Being is care.’
    • ‘Dasein is what makes man's being differ from that of a thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Heidegger's language Dasein is already familiar with the world and on this basis, always already concernedly involved in its projects.’
    • ‘As an existential, mood is an aspect of the being of Dasein and as such is neither subjective nor objective.’
    • ‘Saying we, the us that we are, is a recognition that the existential analytic of Dasein was too limiting a project.’
    • ‘What I would now say is that the latter Heidegger historicises the account of Dasein's understanding of being and the world it opens up in Being and Time.’
    • ‘Anticipation of death shows Dasein what it is, since it is Dasein contemplating itself, free of the ‘they’.’
    • ‘Heidegger claims that metaphysics accomplishes itself in ontology, that is in the vision attainable by the human Dasein of what it means to be.’
    • ‘The call of conscience is the call of care, and it comes from Dasein itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the breakdown of its instrumental existence, Dasein stops to perceive the horizons of its being, the limits of its relation to the world.’
    • ‘I think it is fair to say that Dasein is that being that recognizes the Being-there.’
    • ‘Heidegger used the word Dasein to refer to specifically human modes of being; Dasein is, for him, self-conscious and involves not only Being but also the very Question of Being.’
    • ‘Objects have meaning through their interaction with individual Dasein, rather than through a connection to a purer metaphysical conception of the object.’
    • ‘The existential angst that Dasein feels, only once in a while, is incomparable to the angst that the exiled feels almost every moment of day and night.’
    • ‘Does Heidegger mean that only authentic Dasein is really Dasein, is really a human being?’
    • ‘The implication is that the structure of the human world, so far as it has been described to us, and everydayness, belongs only to the inauthentic being of Dasein.’


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