the thing

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While reading the thing, I kept wondering (although it is possible that Heideggar addresses this issue and I just didn’t catch on), about what he thinks about human agency.  I feel like so many of the text we are reading are trying to move away from giving human actors too much agency in defining (or at least trying to define) what a thing is and how it is different from an object.  But if H. claims that things are that which stand before us, isn’t that again using humans to describe the difference between a thing and an object?  I am finding it harder and harder to think of a world of things without their human counterparts, especially when our cognition about these objects seems to be what some are arguing as the difference between thing and object.  Help :(

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