Missing in Action: Affectivity in Being and Time

  • Daniel O. DahlstromEmail author
Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)


Despite the importance that Heidegger assigns to affectivity structurally in Being and Time, accounts of the relevant sorts of affectivity are frequently and, in some cases, perhaps even egregiously missing from existential analyses that form the centerpiece of the work. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate as much. After recounting the considerable insights of Heidegger’s general account of disposedness and affectivity and the fundamental status he assigns to them, the focus of the chapter turns to the secondary status often accorded them in the first half of Being and Time and the seemingly crucial absence of an adequate account of the affective dimension of authentic existence, in the second half of the work. After making the argument that, according to Heidegger’s own criterion, the adequate rootedness of the existential analysis demands a more robust account of the affective character of existing authentically, the chapter concludes with an open question about the mood of undertaking the existential analysis itself.


Affectivity Angst Anxiety Authenticity 


  1. Elpidorou, Andreas, and Lauren Freeman. 2015a. “Affectivity in Heidegger I: Moods and Emotions in Being and Time.” Philosophy Compass 1–17.Google Scholar
  2. Elpidorou, Andreas, and Lauren Freeman. 2015b. “Affectivity in Heidegger II: Temporality, Boredom, and Beyond.” Philosophy Compass 1–20.Google Scholar
  3. Freeman, Lauren. 2016. “Defending a Heideggerian Account of Mood.” In Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology, edited by D. Dahlstrom, A. Elpidorou, and W. Hopp, 247–267. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. Friedrich, Schleiermacher. 1988. Kritische Gesamtausgabe. Fünfte Abteilung: Briefwechsel und biographische Dokumente, edited by Hans-Joachim Birkner et al. Band 2. Berlin: de Gruyter.Google Scholar
  5. Gendlin, Eugene T. 1978/1979. “Befindlichkeit: Heidegger and the Philosophy of Psychology.” Review of Existential Psychology & Psychiatry 16 (1–3): 43–71.Google Scholar
  6. von Arnim, Bettina. 1840. Günderode. Band I. Leipzig: Levysohn.Google Scholar
  7. von Hoffmannswaldau, Christian. 1695. Begräbnis Gedichte in Herrn von Hoffmanswaldau und anderer Deutschen auserlesene und bißher ungedruckte Gedichte. Band 1. Leipzig: Fritsch.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

Personalised recommendations