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Fig 5.16 – Dasein

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Dasein was like Lichtung, which in German means both “light” and “a clearing in the woods.” Lichtung symbolized Dasein and the psychological existentialism of Heidegger because I, Dasein, am like a clearing in the woods. The very act of being in a clearing in the woods reveals “the light” of human existence. Without humans the woods would just be woods. But when “I” enter the woods, “I” bring an ability to have a uniquely human experience. Heidegger replaced consciousness with experience, the experience of being in the world because in the woods “I” experience the world in all its wonder.

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