“Not only are we thrown into a world without our choice, but also we are always already existing in a certain way before we can actually choose how we want to exist.”

“Heidegger makes it clear that we can never go back behind this initial throwness and appropriate it in such a way that the nullity inherent in it is removed. The socio-historical situation into which we have been thrown is the basis for our being. No matter how we decide to move forward, anything that we do will have been done on the basis of the situation in which we find ourselves.” –Hans Pedersen, “Heidegger’s Appropriation of Aristotle’s Phronesis,” The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, Vol. 10, (2010), p. 230.

About C.P.

Collin is a professional writer and scholar. He holds an MA in Philosophy and a BA in English literature. His philosophical work has appeared in print published by Wiley/Blackwell and Open Court. More of his writings, philosophical, literary, comic, and just plain nonsensical are available online. He currently lives in Seattle where he is writing science fiction, dressing up for Cons, and wreaking havoc on his opponents (npcs and tabletop humans alike).
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