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Dasein is delivered over to [überantwortet] its thrownness. In appropriating the possible in repetition, there is prefigured at the same time the possibility of reverently preserving the existence that has-been-there, in which the possibility taken up became manifest. As [397] monumental, authentic historiography is thus "antiquarian." Dasein temporalizes itself in the unity of future and the having-been as the present. The present, as the Moment, discloses the today authentically. But insofar as the today is interpreted on the basis of the futurally repetitive understanding of a possibility taken up from existence, authentic historiography ceases to make the today present; that is, it becomes the painful way of detaching itself from the entangled publicness of the today. As authentic, monumental-antiquarian historiography is necessarily a critique of the "present." Authentic historicity is the foundation of the possible unity of the three kinds of historiography. But the ground on which authentic historiography is founded is temporality as the existential meaning of being of care.

The existential and historical origin of historiography may be presented concretely by analyzing the thematization that constitutes this science. Historiographical thematization centers on developing the hermeneutical situation that is opened up-once historically existing Dasein has made its resolution-to the disclosure in repetition of what has-been-there. The possibility and the structure of historiographical truth are to be set forth in terms of the authentic disclosedness ("truth") of historical existence. But since the fundamental concepts of the historiographical sciences-whether they pertain to the objects of these sciences or to the way these are treated-are concepts of existence, the theory of the human science presupposes a thematic and existential interpretation of the historicity of Dasein. Such an interpretation is the constant goal that Dilthey' s investigations attempt to approach and that is illuminated more penetratingly by the ideas of Count Yorck von Wartenburg.



§ 77. The Connection of the Foregoing Exposition of the Problem of Historicity with the Investigations of Dilthey and the Ideas of Count Yorck


The confrontation with the problem of history grew out of an appropriation of Dilthey's work It was corroborated, and at the same time strengthened, by Count Yorck's theses that are scattered throughout his letters to Dilthey.12


12. Cf. Briefwechsel zwischen Wilhelm Dilthey und dem Grafen Paul Yorck von Wartenburg, 1877-1897 (Halle an der Salle, 1923).


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