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The Problem of Distraction$
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Paul North

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001

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Dissipation—Power—Transcendence / Heidegger

Dissipation—Power—Transcendence / Heidegger

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(p.109) Chapter 4 Dissipation—Power—Transcendence / Heidegger
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The Problem of Distraction
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.003.0005

This chapter examines Martin Heidegger's thoughts on the concept of distraction. It suggests that Heidegger believed that the process of distraction involves the existents finding themselves thrown into a situation they did not make, being dispersed into non-originary modes of relation to things and falling into distraction about it. It explains that in his Being and Time Heidegger also asserted that the fact of not-thinking appears in a mode that is other than or less than pure thought. This chapter also considers the philosophical implications of Heidegger's transcendent or transcending distraction.

Keywords:   distraction, Martin Heidegger, existents, non-originary modes of relation, Being and Time, not-thinking, pure thought, transcending distraction

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