THE QUEST OF EXISTENCE: A STUDY ON ZHUANG ZI VIS-À-VIS HEIDEGGER ON THE CONCEPT OF “BEING”

Kathryna T. Quiambao

Abstract

Existence has always been a great question in philosophy and a very broad topic explored by different philosophers. In general, existence is the state of being alive or being real. This leads us to the question, what then is the meaning of “being”? And, how does existence relate to being? In answering these questions, I will be focusing on Martin Heidegger’s definition of “being” which will be put side by side to Zhuang Zi, an Eastern philosopher, to further analyze the true essence of “being”. This paper argues that man eventually exists as one “being” because these philosophers’ concepts come together due to the Yin Yang theory.

Keywords

Existence; Zhuangzi; Heidegger; Being

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