This paper discusses the notion of a thing (Ding) in Heidegger. Its aim is to explain the systematic place of that notion in Heidegger’s thought in relation to his ontological discourse: as what is explained through different understandings of being, things allow for a simultaneous differentiation and discussion of the different epochs in the so-called history of being. Thus a henomenology of things and thingness serves as frame of reference for all explications of ‘what there is.’ If Heidegger is a realist, it is not because he attributes reality to all that is, but rather because all explanations of being refer back to how things are discovered as meaningful.
Keiling, T. (2017). Heideggers Dinge. Meta 9 (2), pp. 74–112.
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