Heidegger on desire
Author: Vedder, B.
Source: Continental Philosophy Review, Volume 31, Number 4, October 1998 , pp. 353-368(16)
Abstract:In this article is presented a reading of Heidegger in relation to the conception of desire, and its relation to various terms he uses frequently. I argue that the genesis of desire lies in the gap between the fullness of possibility and the poverty of actualization; that inauthentic desire aims at presence, possession, actualization (always insufficient); and that authentic desire aims at the conservation of the possibility-character of being. I also pay attention to the temporality of desire; to the analogy between Kant's emphasis on respect for the law one has freely postulated and Heidegger's emphasis on Dasein's subjection to the possibilities it projects; to possibility as original abundance; and, in principle, to the turning in which desire is evoked in the event of granting, rather than simply produced in the act of projection. Special attention is paid on the German word `Verlangen', which is related etymologically to the English `long for', which stands for wanting something very much. But the word is also connected to the word `long' which is important to get a grip on the notion of desire in Heidegger.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands
Publication date: October 1, 1998