Kierkegaard and Heidegger: The Ontology of Existence

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CHAPTER VI
The Contrast

THE lines of Kierkegaard and Heidegger which have until now been pursued separately, though side by side, are to meet now. Were this essay a study of influences, it would be proper at this point to present in more or less schematic form the concepts in Heidegger, ontological in this case, which could be thought of as having been derived from Kierkegaard. Since, however, the effort here is not to trace historical influence but a contrast and evaluation of the ontological enterprise of each of these thinkers and the extent to which their respective attitudes towards existence, as the point of departure of their thinking, can be harmonized with the ontological categories brought into play, the problem of procedure arises. It would not be sufficient to draw up a table of terms operative in Heidegger's writings which are derived from Kierkegaard. To see that these are considerable in number it is necessary only to think of terms like the 'moment,' 'fear' and 'existence.' Such a listing, however, would not be adequate because it would obscure the basic differences that divide the use of these terms in the writings of Kierkegaard from those in Heidegger. The way in which these differences can be made to appear is by contrasting the basic ontological positions of the two thinkers under consideration. Instead of many small differences in the use of these terms, it will then appear that these are but the result of a basic ontological difference which permeates their writing

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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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