Dasein Versus Design: The Problematics of Turning Making Into Thinking

  • Carl Mitcham


Building on suggestions from the work of Martin Heidegger, a distinction is made between two ways of being in the world. One is associated with the unplanned particularity and care of Dasein, another with the planning and thinking-out of design; the former is characteristic of a more traditional way of life, the latter of contemporary life. Included are brief etymologies of `Dasein' and `design', along with some reflections on the two-fold history of design of internal structure and surface appearance (that is, of engineering and aesthetic design, respectively). The conclusion sketches out a problematics of engineering design as involving a disengagement from fundamental human experience, and suggests the need to discriminate between authenticity and inauthenticity in the world of design.

aesthetic design authenticity Dasein design engineering design Heidegger history of design problematics of design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Mitcham
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  1. 1.Liberal Arts & International StudiesColorado School of MinesGoldenU.S.A.

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