Heidegger, Wittgenstein and servility
by David Wemyss (January 2014)
In his early masterpiece, Being and Time, Heidegger begins by introducing an apparently trite but ultimately earth-shattering idea. It’s this: human beings do what they do, and say what they say. They have virtually no capacity to do or say more. Of course imaginative and clever people do and say imaginative and clever things - but still only the things they do and say. more>>>
Heidegger may "introduce" a certain "idea" in Sein und Zeit but he doesn't actually SAY that "we do what we do and say what we say." That is most likely a construction placed on what Heidegger does and says in his book, not a quotation. It might be helpful to present Heidegger's actual words in German and in English translation and explain how those words are best construed and interpreted. Having done that, the bulk of what is said might be more meaningful and illuminating.