HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 36 no. 2 (2007)

Heidegger’s Concept of Dasein’s Authentic Existence as a Being-In-The-World

Eddie R. Babor

Discipline: Philosophy



This paper talks about Heidegger’s concept of authentic existence. One has to accept or “own” his very self in order to attain authenticity. No matter how incomplete one’s existence intrinsically is, he must own such an existence in that only in doing so can one fully realize the magnitude and necessity for himself to exist authentically. Needless to say, however, the call for the human person to exist authentically requires him to come to terms with fear, dread, and concern. Fear, because the person is a being who is “hurled over” into the world; dread, because one has to face squarely his own facticity; and concern, because one has to relate himself to the world without losing grip of one’s own existence.