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The Actual and the PossibleModality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy$
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Mark Sinclair

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786436.001.0001

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Heidegger on ‘Possibility’

Heidegger on ‘Possibility’

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The Actual and the Possible

Mark Sinclair

Oxford University Press

This essay examines Heidegger’s promotion of a sense of possibility in Sein und Zeit and his later work. Heidegger’s famous account of our practical engagement with things already involves, as I show, a notion of being-possible, which is fully developed in his account of Dasein’s movedness. I argue that this account of our own mode of being is based on an interpretation of Aristotle’s definition of movement as the actuality of the possible as possible. After showing how Heidegger’s famous analysis of death as the ‘possibility of impossibility’ can be understood on this basis, I explore how his (neo)-Aristotelian claims are modified in the 1930s by a reflection on art-production.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Aristotle, possibility, movement, being

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