What is being?

  • (noun): A living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently.
    Synonyms: organism
    See also — Additional definitions below


Being is an extremely broad concept encompassing subjective and objective features of reality and existence. Anything that partakes in being is also called a "being", though often this use is limited to entities that have subjectivity (as in the expression "human being"). So broad a notion has inevitably been elusive and controversial in the history of philosophy, beginning in western philosophy with attempts among the pre-Socratics to deploy it intelligibly.

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Being - Quotations
... the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being ... II (1962) "It depends not on consciousness, but on being not on thought, but on life it depends on the individual's empirical development and manifestation of life, which in ...
Metaphysicians - Central Questions - Being, Existence and Reality
... The nature of Being is a perennial topic in metaphysics ... taught that reality was a single unchanging Being ... previous philosophers have lost sight of the question of Being (qua Being) in favour of the questions of beings (existing things), so that a return to the Parmenidean approach was needed ...
Science Of Logic - Objective Logic: Doctrine of Being - Determinate Being (Quality) - Being
... Being Being, specifically Pure Being, is the first step taken in the scientific development of Pure Knowing, which itself is the final state achieved in the ... Knowing as Such, and as such, has for its first thought product Being as Such, i.e ... Eleatic philosopher Parmenides was the person who "first enunciated the simple thought of pure being as the absolute and sole truth." B ...

More definitions of "being":

  • (noun): The state or fact of existing.
    Example: "A point of view gradually coming into being"
    Synonyms: beingness, existence

Famous quotes containing the word being:

    The man, or the boy, in his development is psychologically deterred from incorporating serving characteristics by an easily observable fact: there are already people around who are clearly meant to serve and they are girls and women. To perform the activities these people are doing is to risk being, and being thought of, and thinking of oneself, as a woman. This has been made a terrifying prospect and has been made to constitute a major threat to masculine identity.
    Jean Baker Miller (20th century)