Conscience and Life

The Role of Freedom in Heidegger’s Conception of Conscience
  • Chi-Yan Kwong
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 17)


Heidegger’s interpretation of conscience, through which he tries to seek an attestation of Dasein’s authentic Seinkönnen, is carried out in part 1 of Being and Time. The term Seinkönnen, which is translated into English as “potentiality-for-Being,”1 means semantically “able-to-be-Being” and is characterized by Heidegger as Dasein’s care, resoluteness, Schudigwerdenkönen, self-projection upon its possibilities, etc. What is the relationship between conscience and authentic existence? What does it mean by authenticity or inauthenticity? How is Seinkönnen possible? Heidegger suggests that the clue to the answer to these questions can be found in the “voice of conscience” which, according to him, can be regarded as the manifestation of Dasein’s Seinkönnen.


Moral Competence Philosophical Anthropology Fundamental Ontology Hermeneutic Phenomenology Superior Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chi-Yan Kwong
    • 1
  1. 1.Tunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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