Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction

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Glossary
ableben; Ableben to die or decease as a living organism; demise, biological death
Anwesenheit presence (e.g. of someone at a place or event). Cf. the Greek parousia, 'presence' (from ousia, 'being, substance')
Augenblick moment, moment of vision
auslegen; Auslegung to spread or lay out, to interpret; interpretation
Befindlichkeit state of mind, how one finds oneself, how one is doing, from (sich) befinden, 'to find (oneself)', etc. (as in Wie befinden sie sich? (1) 'How do you do?' (2) 'How do you feel?') and befindlich, 'to be found' in a place
besorgen; Besorgen to provide, make provision; concern. It applies to one's dealings with tools and equipment
bewusst, Bewusstsein conscious; consciousness (of objects), conscious being, being conscious. Heidegger avoids these words, which were favourites of Hegel and Husserl. But his use of Dasein is modelled on Bewusstsein, which is also used both concretely and abstractly
da; das Da there, here; the There
damals then (in the past), on that former occasion
dann then (in the future)
dasein; Dasein to be there (in non-Heideggerian German: to exist); Dasein, being-there, human being, being human. Heidegger uses Dasein to refer both to the (concrete) human being and to its (abstract) being human. In BT Dasein usually refers to an entity, the

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