- Man is unique in that it can question the nature/essence of being: the fundamental question is the question of being
- Man is not a "what" but a "who"
- Man is part of the world but is also the observer of the world
- Man is not Dasein (existence) but Dase-in ("existing in" the world)
- The world is not a world of particles or formulas: it is a world of meaning, that the mind can understand
- We exist as part of the world
- The world and the mind cannot be separated
- We cannot detach ourselves from reality because we are part of it
- We just "act", we are "thrown" in an action
- Subject and object do not exist independently and cannot be separated
- Unity of the "dasein" (being)
- Technology alienates humans because it recasts the natural environment as a "Bestand" to be utilized for the purpose of humans
- "The Earth reveals itself as a mining district_ the Rhine itself appears to be something at our command_e.g, a supply of power... no longer the river running through the native country"
- People lose their identity because the natural environment that provided them with an identity is now simply a store of resources to be exploited
- "Agriculture is now a mechanized food industry, in essence the same as the manufacture of corpses in the gas chambers and death camps, the same thing as the blockades and reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs."
A summary of his writings
"Being and Time"