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The Chattering MindA Conceptual History of Everyday Talk$
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Samuel McCormick

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226677637

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226677804.001.0001

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The World Persuaded

The World Persuaded

(p.191) Six The World Persuaded
The Chattering Mind

Samuel McCormick

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 reads Heidegger’s 1925 course on the History of the Concept of Time as an early draft of Being and Time and, to this extent, a unique point of entry into the existential analytic for which he is now famous. Shoring up this existential analytic, the chapter argues, is a continuum, not a contradiction, between average everydayness and authentic existence--a continuum whose structure is founded on the discursive hierarchy presented in chapter 5. If authentic existence is a “modification” of average everydayness, and vice versa, as Heidegger insists, it is because each way of living serves as the other’s counter-possibility. To modify average everydayness with moments of authenticity is not just to reappropriate this fallen mode of existence but also to speak its language anew, in modes of discourse whose average everydayness can no longer be understood as “average” or “everyday.” For every original appropriation of the world, in other words, there is an equally original way of addressing its average everyday inhabitants. Chapter 6 concludes by discussing one such form of address, an ordinary way of speaking whose glancing treatment in Being and Time has allowed it to elude scholarly comment ever since: everyday discourse.

Keywords:   Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, idle talk, babble, everyday discourse, average everydayness, authentic existence, Dasein, anxiety, historicity

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