Saturday, June 04, 2016

On Heidegger's Being and Time and the essence of man

Heidegger said in Being and Time that the essence of man is in his existence and is not in “another world.” (translation of Venner by Greg Johnson ). I think being and time contains both material existence and a material/supermaterial future world which is not really "another" world. We are bound here and now on a lightly determined leash of natural selection by present-time material biology, and by our environment, and we have freedom within that determinism. We are inwardly activated by the the Inward Dynamis of the material Spirit-Will-To-Godhood, and we are shaped by evolution outwardly to evolve with biology to supermaterial Godhood.

The “essence” of man is this way seen as the Inward Dynamis, the material Spirit-Will, which activates material life beyond this life to the supreme goal of evolution which is to evolve to Godhood in the cosmos. We can apply theological materialism to these questions, adding philosophical naturalism. This concrete supreme goal of Godhood needs to be affirmed by religion, philosophy, and science---which could save all three from alienation.

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