The very fact that we already live in an understanding of Being and that the meaning of Being is still veiled in darkness proves that it is necessary in principle to raise this question again.
Being is always the Being of an entity.
– Heidegger, ‘Being and Time’ (1927)
Heidegger’s philosophy may be understood as both a radical critique of a Western Philosophy that has forgotten to ask ‘the question of the meaning of Being’, and an attempt to provide an analysis of the Being of human-beings. It is this latter analysis that secured his place as a key figure in existentialist thought. However, much of his later philosophy concerned the analysis of Western Philosophy in an attempt to overcome what he saw, following Nietzsche, as the tendency towards ‘nihilism’ of modernity.