Justifying Our Existence: An Essay in Applied Phenomenology

Justifying Our Existence: An Essay in Applied Phenomenology

by Graeme Nicholson, Graeme NICHOLSON
     
 

Justifying Our Existence examines the ways in which human beings attempt to calm their existential concerns by magnifying and proving their existence through phenomena such as self-righteousness, careerism, nationalism, and religion.See more details below

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Justifying Our Existence examines the ways in which human beings attempt to calm their existential concerns by magnifying and proving their existence through phenomena such as self-righteousness, careerism, nationalism, and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802096203
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
02/21/2009
Series:
New Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

Life, Existence, Being 4

Phenomenology 8

How Our Being Concerns Us 12

2 The Ability to Be 19

Existence 20

Die Sorge: Care, Concern 24

The Phenomenology of Da-sein: the Self 28

The Phenomenology of Existence: Ecstasis 35

Being as the Ability to Be 39

The 'Letter on Humanism' 44

Excursus: 'Exist' in the Philosophical Tradition 45

Transition: Formalism and Application 47

3 Magnifying the Self 50

Phenomenology and Hermeneutics 53

The Meaning of Success 54

Failure 61

Achievement 67

Magnifying the Self and Magnifying its Being 73

4 Justifying the Self 75

Morality 76

The Concept of Justification 78

Inauthenticity 80

The Phenomenology of Inauthenticity 84

Shame and Remorse 92

Conscience and Guilt 95

Ascetic Autonomy 104

5 Magnifying the Community 111

Existence and Community 112

Magnifying the Polis 116

The Nation: Magnitude through justification 118

Militant Religion 123

6 Justifying the Community 125

Caring for the Polis 126

Existence and History 130

Nation and Civilization 133

7 A Spiritual Existence 141

What Is Spirit? 143

The Existing Spirit 150

The Phenomenology of Spirit: Intensity 154

The Problem of Grounding 156

God and the Self 159

Forgiveness and Justification 163

A Spiritual Community 166

8 Conclusion 169

Heidegger's Question Concerning the Meaning of Being 169

Summary of the Argument 170

Notes 173

Index 189

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