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ON TIME AND BEING

Thus the relation of fundamental ontology to the clarification of the meaning of Being—which was not published—would be analogous to the relation between fundamental theology and theological system.

This, however, is not true, although it cannot be denied that this is not yet clearly expressed in Being and Time itself. Rather, Being and Time is on the way toward finding a concept of time, toward that which belongs most of all to time, in terms of which "Being" gives itself as presencing. This is accomplished on the path of the temporality of Dasein in the interpretation of Being as temporality. But this means that what is fundamental in fundamental ontology is incompatible with any building on it. Instead, after the meaning of Being had been clarified, the whole analytic of Dasein was to be more originally repeated in a completely different way.

Thus, since the foundation of fundamental ontology is no foundation upon which something could be built, no fundamentum inconcussum, but rather a fundamentum concussum, and since the repetition of the analytic of Dasein already belongs to the point of departure of Being and Time whereas the word "foundation" contradicts the preliminary character of the analytic, the term "fundamental ontology" was dropped.

At the end of the first session, some passages of the text were discussed which are not easy to understand and which are indispensable for an understanding of the lecture.

At the end of the introduction to the lecture, the paragraph "Our task is . . . to sufficiently determine" caused some difficulties.

First of all there is a huge contradiction in the sentence: "The attempt to think Being without beings becomes necessary because otherwise, it seems to me, there is no longer any possibility of bringing explicitly into view the Being of what is today all over the earth." The necessity and the possibility of this contradiction is related to the ambiguity of Framing (Gestell) about which we are thinking when we use the phrase "the Being of that which ... is today." As the preliminary appearance of Appropriation, Framing is in addition that which makes this attempt necessary. Thus the necessity


On Time and Being (GA 14) by Martin Heidegger