The Ambiguity of Facticity in Heidegger's Early Work

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The Early Heidegger's Philosophy of Life: Facticity, Being and Language offers an interpretation of Heidegger's concept of facticity as it is articulated in connection with the ideas of life and language in the lecture courses from 1919225. The book argues that facticity is both the source of vitality for theory and a source of deception and falsehood and therefore cannot be viewed in either positive or negative terms exclusively, but must instead be viewed as ambiguous. This essay argues that this basic thesis is correct and is supported by drawing a distinction between everydayness and inauthenticity. It is also argued that the analysis of language the book offers can be useful in clearing up misunderstandings of Heidegger's concept of discourse in Being and Time.