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Virginia Woolf and Being-in-the-worldA Heideggerian Study$
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Emma Simone

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421676

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421676.001.0001

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(p.25) Chapter 1 Being-in-the-world
Virginia Woolf and Being-in-the-world

Emma Simone

Edinburgh University Press

In Chapter 1 a comprehensive overview of the Heideggerian understanding of Being-in-the-world is presented, placing particular emphasis upon the ways in which this notion relates to Woolf’s writings. Providing a foundation and context for the discussions that are to follow in the remaining chapters, key Heideggerian concepts relating to Being-in-the-world are defined and discussed, including ‘Being-with-Others’; the average everyday mode of ‘theyness’; and ‘authentic’ and ‘inauthentic’ modes of Being. Emphasised throughout this chapter are the ways in which Woolf and Heidegger’s understandings of the relationship between self and world lie in sharp contrast to the Cartesian dualism that separates subject and object, and self and Other.

Keywords:   Being-in-the-world, Being-with-Others, Theyness, Everyday, Authentic, Dualism, Being, Cartesian, inauthentic

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