Kierkegaard and Heidegger: The Ontology of Existence

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CHAPTER V
Existence and the Human Situation

( Heidegger)

THE philosophy of Heidegger is replete with terms that are specifically human. In the midst of ontological discussions there occur terms like fear, dread, death and care. If Heidegger's philosophic concern were ethical in purpose, even if that ethical concern were directed towards ontological ends, then the prevalence of these specifically human terms would not be surprising. But such is not the case. Heidegger disclaims any ethical interest and time and again he makes clear that his use of such ethical-sounding terms is not to be taken in any but an ontological sense. Under these circumstances it is clear that Heidegger's orientation towards the human situation is closely related to his ontology. The problem concerns the nature of this relationship and the way in which his ontology reflects or determines his view of that situation.


Ontological Experiences

Heidegger maintains that his use of a term like Care (Sorge) is not experiential. In giving his definition of Care he adds: 'Left out of the meaning is every ontically meant being-tendency such as being worried (Besorgnis) or being carefree.'1 Care in this sense is ontologically prior to any

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Table of Contents xi
  • Chapter I - Being and Some Problems 1
  • Chapter II - Kierkegaard and Human Existence 24
  • Chapter III - Heidegger and the Analysis of Dasein 51
  • Chapter IV - Existence and the Human Situation 78
  • Chapter V - Existence and the Human Situation 101
  • Chapter VI - The Contrast 122
  • Selected Bibliography 145
  • Index 155
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