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Dasein

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Philosophy

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According to Hegel Science of Logic (§ 191) Dasein (“determinate being”) is the Aufhebung of becoming, which in turn is the unity of opposites of nothing and being.

Dasein
becoming :nothing\;\;\;\dashvbeing: ceasing

According to Hegel Phenomenology of Spirit (Vorrede §55) this is the Nous of Anaxagoras.

Following suggestions by William Lawvere as discussed in detail at Aufhebung – Examples – Aufhebung of Becoming – Determinate being, this is formalized by the level given by the sharp modality in its opposition to the flat modality:

Dasein *. \array{ \flat \; &\dashv& \;\;\sharp \\ \vee \; &\nearrow_{\mathrlap{Dasein}}& \;\;\vee \\ \emptyset \; &\dashv& \;\;\ast } \,.

So \sharp is a higher level version of *\ast (being). Indeed, this is the statement of (SoL § 194).