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date: 19 February 2019

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Befindlichkeit: Disposition is a pivotal concept in Heidegger’s major work Being and Time. It initially appears in Heidegger’s writings as a translation of the Aristotelian notion of διάθεσις (disposition) but only during 1924–1927 does he develop a concept of disposition that constitutes a radicalization of the Husserlian phenomenological approach, in order to provide a concrete account of a phenomenological “beginning” and to offer a description of human being in terms of “living life.” Befindlichkeit stresses the basic state of Dasein in its being situated: finding ourselves already in situatedness, means finding ourselves gathered to a “there” (being-there, in German Dasein). The situatedness is strictly related to the existence’s facticity and it becomes manifest to us through our own moods and affectivity. With the notion of Befindlichkeit we face important issues that are related to psychopathology and clinical practice, such as trauma, anxiety disorders, disembodiment, and distortions of feelings.

Keywords: Befindlichkeit, disposition, situatedness, moods, affectivity, trauma, disembodiment

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