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The Transformation of Positivism: Alexius Meinong and by David F. Lindenfeld

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However the inauthentic character of being-with others can most starkly be viewed in Da-sein’s relation, or lack of relation to the death of others. The flight from the other’s death rehearses Da-sein’s flight from its own death. Not only does Da-sein push aside its own death, it experiences the death of others as a “downright” inconvenient imposition in an otherwise carefree and shallow existence. ”10 No longer valued for what They do and what They can provide, a dying Da-sein is simply superfluous to the tasks and concerns of everyday existence.

Mood colors Da-sein’s world. It is inseparable from Da-sein’s understanding, which is always attuned. “Attunement always has its understanding . . Understanding is always attuned” (142–143/134). Through mood the world is disclosed and on the basis of this disclosure Da-sein understands itself and its relations to others. ’ In this ‘how one is’ being in a mood brings being to its ‘there’” (134/127). Significantly, mood does not disclose to Da-sein a part of the world, or certain situations within the world divorced from others.

137/129) 26 Heidegger and a Metaphysics of Feeling “Indeed,” says Heidegger, “we must ontologically in principle leave the primary discovery of the world to ‘mere mood’” (138/130). Therefore, what matters to Da-sein, what Da-sein concerns itself with, and how the world affects Da-sein are all determined by mood. Mood colors Da-sein’s world. It is inseparable from Da-sein’s understanding, which is always attuned. “Attunement always has its understanding . . Understanding is always attuned” (142–143/134).

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