Curiosity as the Thief of Wonder An Essay on Heidegger's Critique of the Ordinary Conception of Time

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Abstract

What is the connection between curiosity and the ordinary conception of time? This essay offers a reading of Heidegger's account of wonder and curiosity found in Basic Questions of Philosophy (1937-8) and attempts to show its continuity with the discussion of the now-centered ordinary conception of time in Being and Time (1927). Heidegger refutes the claim that one can still say that philosophy begins in wonder in an age that no longer understands what wonder means due to modern Da-sein's obsession with the new (curiosity). Since wonder is no longer a viable philosophical attunement, Heidegger outlines in Contributions to Philosophy (1936) a new attunement, a new key for philosophy: terror.

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