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

  • Topics covered: In what sense does the “essence” of Dasein lie in its “existence”?; the “mine-ness” of Dasein; and “average everydayness.”


Chapter 2

  • Topics covered: being-in-the world; knowing as a “founded mode of being-in,” or derivative mode of engagement.


Chapter 3

  • Topics covered: ontic versus ontological; “occurrent” (present-at-hand) beings versus “available” (ready-to-hand) beings; a critique of Descartes in terms of know-how.


Chapter 4

  • Topics covered: being-with others; the authority of the “they-self”; everydayness and authenticity


Chapter 5

  • Topics covered: mood and attunement; language, assertion, idle talk; falling and thrownness.


Chapter 6

  • Topics covered: the being of Dasein as care, or “thrown projection”; originary and derivative modes of “truth.”



Chapter 4

  • Topics covered: death, temporality and authenticity; “ecstatic” and “horizonal” temporality in relation to space.