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Being - Being and Beings
(3,394 words)

Part of Being:

1. Being and Beings

2. Nothingness

1. The state of the question. Philosophy has revolved about the notion of being since the beginning. And here a fundamental distinction stands out, that between beings and being. Every thing and every man is a being, as that which is; but being is the ground by which all beings are or a being is. For this distinction Heidegger chose the term of the “onto-logical difference”, since it distinguishes being from each being (ὂν), as its ground (λόγος). In infra-hum…

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Johannes Lotɀ, “Being - Being and Beings”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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