Paper Title

[3.3] Solitude: A Heideggerian Analysis

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Continental Philosophy | Other Philosophy | Philosophy

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Abstract: In Being & Time, Martin Heidegger outlines several possibilities for an authentic being-in-the-world. Authentic being-in-the-world is critical to Heidegger’s analysis, insofar as it allows us to understand the extent of possibilities in our lives, and choose in a way that is removed from the influence of the “they.” Although being-toward-death and anxiety both allows us to experience authentic being-in-the-world, I think that there is an additional possibility for authenticity. In my paper, I will argue that the state-of-mind of solitude is one such possibility. I will focus my analysis of solitude on Heidegger’s ideas of spatiality, states-of-mind and their role in interpretation and understanding, and the “they.” Finally, I will demonstrate that solitude can be theorized as a state-of-mind that discloses the limits of our possibilities, especially, our facticity in its wholeness. In doing so, solitude discloses not the enormous breadth of possibilities for our lives that we experience in anxiety, but rather the limits of our possibilities that are found in our ownmost, unique facticity. This disclosure modifies our relationships with the “they,” and allows us to be authentic.

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[3.3] Solitude: A Heideggerian Analysis

IB 1020

Abstract: In Being & Time, Martin Heidegger outlines several possibilities for an authentic being-in-the-world. Authentic being-in-the-world is critical to Heidegger’s analysis, insofar as it allows us to understand the extent of possibilities in our lives, and choose in a way that is removed from the influence of the “they.” Although being-toward-death and anxiety both allows us to experience authentic being-in-the-world, I think that there is an additional possibility for authenticity. In my paper, I will argue that the state-of-mind of solitude is one such possibility. I will focus my analysis of solitude on Heidegger’s ideas of spatiality, states-of-mind and their role in interpretation and understanding, and the “they.” Finally, I will demonstrate that solitude can be theorized as a state-of-mind that discloses the limits of our possibilities, especially, our facticity in its wholeness. In doing so, solitude discloses not the enormous breadth of possibilities for our lives that we experience in anxiety, but rather the limits of our possibilities that are found in our ownmost, unique facticity. This disclosure modifies our relationships with the “they,” and allows us to be authentic.