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 B - Being


Being: Term for what exists.

The term 'being' tends to be used especially in philosophies of an Aristotelian or Catholic kind, since it is a translation of Aristotle's ousia, that he used quite often. In English, it tends to sound a bit odd, and what adds to this is the fact that existentialist philosophers - Heidegger, Sartre - also have been fond of the term, that indeed enables one to formulate all manner of apparent profundities about the being of being, the becoming of being and the being of becoming, and so on.

Unless you are a Catholic or an existentialist, it may be better to avoid the the term in English, and replace it by something clearer.

One possibly useful sense for 'being' is 'body', also as in 'my body or my body image is my being, basically, physically and subjectively'. 


See also: Existence



 Original: Apr 8, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top