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Heidegger on Death and Being

An Answer to the Seinsfrage

  • Johannes Achill Niederhauser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-74
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-144
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  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-269

About this book

Introduction

The book is the first detailed and full exegesis of the role of death in Heidegger’s philosophy and provides a decisive answer to the question of being.  It is well-known that Heidegger asked the “question of being”. It is equally commonplace to assume that Heidegger failed to provide a proper answer to the question. In this provocative new study Niederhauser argues that Heidegger gives a distinct response to the question of being and that the phenomenon of death is key to finding and understanding it.

The book offers challenging interpretations of crucial moments of Heidegger’s philosophy such as aletheia, the history of being, time, technology, the fourfold, mortality, the meaning of existence, the event, and language. Niederhauser makes the case that any reading of Heidegger that ignores death cannot fully understand those concepts.

The book argues that death is central to Heidegger’s “thinking path” from the early 1920s until his late post-war philosophy. The book thus attempts to show that there is a unity of the early and late Heidegger often ignored by other commentators.  Niederhauser argues that death is the fulcrum of Heidegger’s ontology and the turning point of the history of being.  Death resurfaces at the most crucial moments of the “thinking path” – from beginning to end.

The book is of interest to those invested in current debates on the ethics of dying and the transhumanist project of digital human immortality. The text also shows that for Heidegger philosophy means first and foremost to learn how to die.

This volume speaks to continental and analytical philosophers and students alike as it draws on a number of diverse Heidegger interpretations and appreciates intercultural differences in reading Heidegger.


Keywords

Death in Being and Time Heidegger and Existential Ontology Heidegger and Transcendental Phenomenology Heidegger on Art Heidegger on Death Heidegger on Language Heidegger on Mortality Heidegger on Technology Heidegger on The Event Heidegger on The Fourfold Heidegger's Question of Being The History of Being Technology and death Language and Death

Authors and affiliations

  • Johannes Achill Niederhauser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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