chapter  7
Essential Guilt and Transcendental Conscience
WithWilliam Blattner
Pages 19

Heidegger identifies guilt as 'being-the-ground for a being that has been determined by a not, that is, being-the-ground of a nullity'. Heidegger identifies thrownness as that in virtue of which Dasein is the ground of this pressing forward, and the relevant dimension of thrownness is that which is disclosed to Dasein in attunement. Kukla's argument is that for Heidegger that distance is imposed by anxiety. Heidegger's way of putting the point is to say that the pronoun 'I' is a 'non-committal formal indicator' of the self. Crowell argues that conscience is the locus of subjectivity in Heidegger's analytic of Dasein. Crowell points to passages in which Heidegger characterizes conscience as functioning like the first-person pronoun 'I'. Like the first-person pronoun, conscience reaches the self univocally and unmistakably. The self that conscience reaches is not the 'anyone-self', that is, the everyday self of Dasein, Crowell insists, but a first-personal dimension of Dasein that underlies and makes possible the everyday self.