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By Daniel C. Dennett

Recognition separates us from different animals and machines--or does it? Can awareness be scientifically lowered to chemical and mechanical tactics? if that is so, the place do morality, love, disappointment, and pleasure slot in? Now the writer of Brainstorms and coauthor of The Mind's I proposes an unique version of recognition according to new medical truth and idea. fifty one drawings.

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In which beings [Seienden] should the meaning of being [Sein] come to be read off; from which beings [Seienden] should the unlocking of being [Sein] take its beginning? 9 How then can we begin to get at beings as they are in their being? With what being are we to begin in our attempt to raise the question of the meaning of being, and how are we to begin without already presupposing what we mean by being? Looking at, understanding, conceiving of, choosing, access to these are constitutive approaches to the question and so are themselves modes of being [Sein] of a determinate being [Seiende], of a being that we, those questioning, are, in fact, ourselves.

These areas are, in turn, defined by fundamental concepts or principles (Grundbegrifle), and these concepts mark the limits of the several sciences. So, for example, biology is an account (logos) of life (bios); minerals stand outside its boundaries. Now, authentic (eigentlich) movement in the various sciences occurs not by piling up data within the specified boundariesfor example, by simply adding an additional species of animal to the biological ledger. Movement, rather, occurs by using what information is accumulated to turn back to interrogate the founding principles of the scienceto ask, for example, what life is.

He then turned to phenomenology and divided it into its elements, phainomenon and logos, in a way that seemed to repeat the initial distinction between object and way. In the end, however, phainomenon and logos seem to collapse back into each other, and in their wake so also do ontology and phenomenology. Heidegger's admittedly provisional account of his own procedure in Being and Time thus points to and exemplifies that combination of distinctness and identity that will later characterize Dasein in its relation to its world.

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