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The ambiguity of being

Andrew Haas

pp. 9-22


In the twenty-first century, philosophy still needs to raise the question of the meaning of being. We therefore, follow Heidegger's return to Parmenides—for being is neither a being nor a concept; rather, it is an essentially ambiguous universal. Being's ambiguity allows us to understand both why it withdraws from thought and why there is something rather than nothing. The problem for philosophy then becomes: How can we think the original ambiguity of being without disambiguating it? Heidegger's answer—ironically or not—is by not thinking it.

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Georgakis Tziovanis, Ennis Paul J. (2015) Heidegger in the twenty-first century. Dordrecht, Springer.

Pages: 9-22

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9679-8_2

Full citation:

Haas Andrew (2015) „The ambiguity of being“, In: T. Georgakis & P. J. Ennis (eds.), Heidegger in the twenty-first century, Dordrecht, Springer, 9–22.