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Dasein Disclosed

Dasein Disclosed

John Haugeland’s Heidegger

John Haugeland

Edited by Joseph Rouse

ISBN 9780674072114

Publication date: 03/15/2013

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The author of discipline-defining studies of human cognition and artificial intelligence, John Haugeland was a charismatic, highly original voice in the contemporary forum of Anglo-American analytic philosophy. At his death in 2010, he left behind an unfinished manuscript, more than a decade in the making, intended as a summation of his life-long engagement with one of the twentieth century’s most influential philosophical tracts, Heidegger’s Being and Time (1927). Dasein Disclosed brings together in a single volume the writings of a man widely acknowledged as one of Heidegger’s preeminent and most provocative interpreters.

A labyrinth of notoriously difficult ideas and terminology, Being and Time has inspired copious commentary. Not content merely to explain, Haugeland aspired to a sweeping reevaluation of Heidegger’s magnum opus and its conception of human life as Dasein—a reevaluation focused on Heidegger’s effort to reawaken philosophically dormant questions of what it means “to be.” Interpreting Dasein unconventionally as “the living of a living way of life,” Haugeland put involvement in a shared world, rather than individual persons or their experience, at the heart of Heidegger’s phenomenology of understanding and truth. Individuality, Haugeland insists, emerges in the call to take responsibility for a collective way of being in the world. He traces this thought to Heidegger’s radical conclusion that one does not truly understand philosophical concepts unless that understanding changes how one lives.

As illuminating as it is iconoclastic, Dasein Disclosed is not just Haugeland’s Heidegger—it is a major contribution to philosophy in its own right.


  • John Haugeland was well known among philosophers as an ingenious interpreter of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time. Central to his reading of that difficult text was his denial of what had seemed obvious to most other readers: that Heidegger’s word Dasein (which in ordinary German just means existence) refers to the individual human being… When he died in 2010 he had been working for years on what was to be the definitive statement of his alternative interpretation. The envisioned opus was to be called Dasein Disclosed, and the unfinished manuscript forms the central hundred pages or so of the present volume, which now bears that title. It has been edited with great intelligence and care by Joseph Rouse… Haugeland’s innovation is to insist that an individual human being’s existence is just part of a larger phenomenon, what he calls ‘a living way of life,’ and that this (not person or human being) is what Heidegger meant by Dasein… Haugeland’s reading of Being and Time is philosophically deep and original in its own right… For like Heidegger’s own—often violent—treatments of other thinkers, Dasein Disclosed is best read not as exegesis or commentary, but as a kind of creative dialogue. An interpretation, after all, sometimes sheds light on a text not by coinciding with it, but by straying from it and illuminating the space between them.

    —Taylor Carman, Times Literary Supplement


  • John Haugeland was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.
  • Joseph Rouse is Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University.

Book Details

  • 336 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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