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Heidegger on Death and Being

An Answer to the Seinsfrage

Authors: Niederhauser, Johannes Achill

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  • Contains a concise and complete study of death in the entire corpus of Heidegger’s philosophy
    Shows that death is key to understand Heidegger’s thought
    Provides a unique answer to the question of being  
    Brings together continental and analytical readings of Heidegger 
    Brings together Anglophone, German, Italian, and French Heidegger Scholarship

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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.


About the authors

Johannes Achill Niederhauser teaches at Birkbeck College London. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick. In 2015 he was a DFG funded research fellow of the leisure project in Freiburg. He has published several papers on Heidegger on death. Johannes has also published influential philosophical interviews with Michael Sandel, John Gray, Massimo Pigliucci, and Andrew Scull.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-51375-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heidegger on Death and Being
Book Subtitle
An Answer to the Seinsfrage
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51375-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51375-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51374-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 269
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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