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thrownness and facticity


Subject Philosophy

People Heidegger, Martin

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631190950.1999.x


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Werfen originally meant ‘to spin, turn, wind’, hence ‘to fling by turning one's arm’, and now ‘to throw, cast’. It also means ‘to give birth (to)’, esp. of animals. Derivatives of werfen are Wurf , a ‘throw’ of a ball or a die (Würfel) , and entwerfen , ‘to PROJECT’; also vorwerfen , ‘to reproach; throw down’, and Vorwurf , a ‘reproach’, to which Heidegger restores their original sense, ‘to throw before, throwing before’ one(self) e.g. possibilities (BT, 145) or a world (XXIV, 239). The perfect participle of werfen is geworfen , ‘thrown’. From this Heidegger forms a noun, Geworfenheit , ‘thrownness’. Along with EXISTENCE and FALLING, thrownness is a central feature of DASEIN. Dasein is thrown into its There ( Da ) (BT, 135). The relation between existence and thrownness is captured by Schiller, writing to Goethe on 23 August 1794: ‘Now that you have been born a German, now that your Grecian spirit has been thrown [geworfen] into this northern world, you had but two alternatives, either to become a northern artist, or […] to produce your Greece as it were from within, by an intellectual process’ (quoted in Trevelyan, 193). Every Dasein is thrown, not only misfits: ‘Brought up in the very centre of London life, he had early entered into the spirit of the stirring times on which his young life was cast’ (Seebohm, 13f.). ‘Thrownness’ is closely connected to ‘facticity’, a ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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