Heidegger’s Cave Being and Time on Disappearing Existentials

  • Rudi Visker
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 155)


The philosopher, Heidegger says somewhere, is “the friend of Being” and he then goes on to explain that precisely because of this friendship the philosopher will have to die.


Public Sphere Phenomenological Reduction Winter Semester Authentic Mode Existential Analysis 
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