Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 2008

Jim Vernon
Pages 108-125

Erfahren and Erleben
Metaphysical Experience and its Overcoming in Heidegger’s Beiträge

This paper presents the origin, development and trajectory of our modes of experiencing beings as presented in Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy. It begins by detailing the historical development of our subjective experience of beings leading up to its current arrangement within the modern, technological worldview, and then proceeds to grapple with Heidegger’s recommended pathway out of our technological mode of experience into a more primordial one. I close with some critical reflections on Heidegger’s leap out of technological ‘lived-experience’ (Erleben) into a more authentic ‘experience’ (Erfahren) of beings.