Definition of Dasein in English:



  • (in Hegelianism) existence or determinate being; (in existentialism) human existence.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The call of conscience is the call of care, and it comes from Dasein itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the breakdown of its instrumental existence, Dasein stops to perceive the horizons of its being, the limits of its relation to the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Saying we, the us that we are, is a recognition that the existential analytic of Dasein was too limiting a project.’
    • ‘Heidegger appropriates from Book 6 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics the different ways beings can be uncovered by Dasein.’
    • ‘I think it is fair to say that Dasein is that being that recognizes the Being-there.’
    • ‘Objects have meaning through their interaction with individual Dasein, rather than through a connection to a purer metaphysical conception of the object.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does Heidegger mean that only authentic Dasein is really Dasein, is really a human being?’


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