chapter  5
The way of phenomenology
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The aim of this chapter is to illuminate Heidegger’s method, which he describes phenomenologically as a ‘pathway’ to distance it from a sense of logical process. Such a pathway is not a technical routine, but rather involves three unifi ed aspects – reduction, construction and destruction. Heidegger considers phenomenological reduction to be the move across the ontological diff erence from an interactional awareness of beings to an awareness of the simple qualitative whole of being-here, Dasein. This is a remembering of being. It gets one on the path, enabling an exploration and description of this path via phenomenological concepts, which are always words that have been or could be used in a more familiar pragmatic sense, but are now destructed to have a phenomenological meaning. As such, Heidegger identifi es two understandings of language, one phenomenological and the other pragmatic. These he aligns with two understandings of truth. Phenomenologically, truth and language are concerned with revealing or disclosing, which is saying as showing; pragmatically, they are about the correctness of designation.