Being In The World – A film about Martin Heidegger’s philosophy

Posted: March 30, 2015 in Philosophy
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”BEING IN THE WORLD”’, a documentary directed by Tao Ruspoli, takes us on a journey around the world to meet philosophers influenced by the thought of Martin Heidegger, as well as experts in the fields of sports, music, craft, and cooking, in a celebration of human beings, and our ability to find meaning in life through the mastery of physical, intellectual, and creative skills.

We quickly move beyond the Greeks and then beyond Descartes’ mentalist notion (“I think therefore I am”) of reality to Martin Heidegger’s conception: reality and meaning exist where minds interact with the world.

We see humans at work and at play: juggling, doing high-precision Japanese carpentry, flamenco, and cooking gumbo. While we watch them work and struggle to introspect and talk about their art and their craft, we also hear Hubert Dreyfus and his students reflect on Heidegger and his philosophy.

Our artisans confess that they cannot explain in rational terms how they do what they do. The being is in the doing. Interviews and action intertwine to make a challenging philosophy clear to the lay-viewer.

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