Video Reading Guide for Being and Time

These videos are designed to help provide orientation and tips for getting the most out of B&T.

Prologue (‘Exergue’)

  • Topics covered: the paradox of conceptual understanding; know-how versus knowing-that; the difference between beings (entities) and the being of beings; the sense in which time is “the horizon for any possible understanding of being whatsoever.”



Introductions 1 and 2

  • Topics covered: The hermeneutic circle; understanding as know-how; why is the “existential analysis of Dasein” the basis for a “fundamental ontology” of being?; what is “Dasein”?; performing appropriately versus performing properly (“authentically”) within practices; what is hermeneutic or interpretive “phenomenology”?


Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

  • Topics covered: Concepts of “world”; knowing the world (Descartes) versus being-in-the-world (Heidegger); Descartes’ mistake; handiness (Zuhandenheit) versus objective presence (Vorhandenheit); equipment totalities; lived space


Chapter 4

  • Topics covered: The question of the “who” of Dasein; the concept of ‘being-with’ others; the concept of “the they” (Das Man)


Chapter 5

  • Topics covered: What it means to say that “Dasein is its there”; temporality, “thrownness” and “projection”; understanding versus knowing; death as each’s “ownmost possibility”; authenticity, death, and the ‘who’ of Dasein


Chapter 6

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