In a message dated 25/11/2004 20:09:13 GMT Standard Time,
To understand what others around you are doing ALREADY presupposes that
Dasein understands "others" as well as being-with-others, so world has
already been disclosed to Dasein in order for it to understand what others
are doing. This is not to deny that Dasein is always in every case thrown
into a particular world. But in every such instance of a particular world,
world has already been disclosed whenever we understand others, what others
are doing, equipment, what equipment is for, etc.
No, Anthony, this is NOT the case. To understand what others around you are
doing already presupposes that
you as a particular, one-on-one, unique individual Dasein understands
"others" in your own non-universalistic way, as well as being-with-others in your
own particular individualistic way, the same particular individualistic way
that you understood it in the past, understand now, and will understand in the
future. Each individual's previous, historical antecedal version of *world*
has already been disclosed to the individual individualistically and uniquely.
An INDIVIDUAL Dasein INDIVIDUALLY understands what it INDIVIDUALLY
perceives. There is no robotic, Nazi, pan-daseinic, universalistic model of Dasein in
reality, which perceives everything in the same way and looks back upon a
perceived world as the experience of the a pan-daseinic Volk rather than the
individual daseinic singleton. The individual dasein perceives what others are
doing and what equipment is for in a unique, individual manner. Your
dichotomising of a * past already disclosed world,* together with a *particular
world* of the disclosive present suggests that this *already been disclosed
world* is a world universally transacted and instantiated and rubber-stamped by
Heidegger's mock-up version of a universalistic Dasein.
This is NOT the case. Every Dasein perceives of beings differently in the
past, present or future. Every Dasein perceives of things [cows and
toilet-bowls] differently in the past, present or future. Every Dasein perceives of
others differently [Bush, Blair, Heidegger] in the past, present or future.
Every Dasein perceives of equipment differently, [Entertaining, useful,
mind-sapping] in the past, present or future. The universalistic Dasein is a dead
duck. The term Dasein remains solely as a quaint alternative name for a human
being like every other human being who has his or her own personal opinions
of others, attitudes towards situations, preferences regarding politics,
history, music, literature, the arts, etc.
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