Being and Time
by Heidegger, Martin (1962)
Dasein's spatialization in its 'bodily nature' is likewise marked out in accordance with these directions. (This 'bodily nature' hides a whole problematic of its own, though we shall not treat it here.) Thus things which are ready-to-hand and used for the body-like gloves, for example, which are to move with the hands-must be given directionality towards right and left. A craftsman's tools, however, which are held in the hand and are moved with it, do not share the hand's specifically 'manual' ["handliche"] movements. So although hammers are handled just as much with the hand as gloves are, there are no right- or lefthanded hammers.One must notice, however, that the directionality which belongs to de-severance is founded upon Being-in-the-world. Left and right are not something 'subjective' for which the subject has a feeling; they are directionsof one's directedness into a world that is ready-to-hand already. (p.143)
KeywordsHeidegger, Skills, Meaning, Twentieth Century, Dasein, Being, Phenomenology
ThemesBeing and Time , Heidegger Citations
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