Heidegger's Metaphysics of Material Beings

This paper discusses Heidegger's distinction between entities that are present-at-hand and entities that are ready-to-hand. Contrary to common consensus, I argue that this distinction is a metaphysical distinction. Specifically, no ready-to-hand object is numerically identical with a present-at-hand object.
Keywords Heidegger  material constitution  material beings  essence  phenomenology
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