Heidegger and the Ground of Ethics: A Study of Mitsein

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Existential philosophy has often been identified with moral nihilism and the idea that everything is permitted. This book shows that, in the case of Martin Heidegger, any such assumption seriously distorts the true character of his thought. In Being and Time Heidegger sketches a concept of human coexistence as Mitsein - our being together with one another in the world. He also makes clear that Mitsein has ethical implications, although he failed to develop them in any detail. This study carries forward the ...
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Overview

Existential philosophy has often been identified with moral nihilism and the idea that everything is permitted. This book shows that, in the case of Martin Heidegger, any such assumption seriously distorts the true character of his thought. In Being and Time Heidegger sketches a concept of human coexistence as Mitsein - our being together with one another in the world. He also makes clear that Mitsein has ethical implications, although he failed to develop them in any detail. This study carries forward the analysis of the ethical character of Mitsein and at several points moves significantly beyond Heidegger's account of it. This book is an important statement about the basis of human sociality. It is a major contribution to the continuing debates about Heidegger in particular and ethics in general.
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"Frederick Olafson makes the case sensibly and eloquently that, despite Heidegger's failed personal and political judgments, "the profoundly original constellation of ideas he introduced in Being and Time can make and important contribution to our understading of the whole ethical side of our lives" (p.6). His effort in the latter part of the book to build just such a more complete ethical perspective on the "ground" of Heidegger's fundamental ontology is thoughtful and interesting., if less compelling because so syncretistic. Still, Olafson's philosophical project is an important one which deserves the attention and efforts of others." Review of Metaphysics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521630948
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Truth As Partnership 15
2 Truth, Responsibility, and Trust 40
3 Evil and Good 69
Conclusion 95
Index 105
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