Cover

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Front Matter

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Several chapters in the present volume have appeared in earlier form: Chapter 1 is a revised version of the essay “Life Beyond the Organism,” which appeared in...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xviii

The present study seeks to explore Heidegger’s understanding of ªthos—of the originary dimension of the ethical and of human action— conceived in terms of the time of life and the temporality of human existence....

Abbreviations

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pp. xix-xxi

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1 The Phenomenon of Life

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pp. 1-52

Throughout his Marburg and Freiburg lecture courses of the 1920s, as in his magnum opus Being and Time (1927), Heidegger never ceased to emphasize the central importance of the phenomenon of world—a phenomenon that, he claimed,...

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2 Care for the Self

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pp. 53-76

Our first chapter has made visible the Being or Dasein of human beings as a dwelling in the presence of other beings, a dwelling first enabled by Dasein’s being held, through the attunement of Angst, in a futural openness for its...

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3 Apportioning the Moment

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pp. 77-94

Having raised, in our last chapter, the question of selfhood primarily in terms of the ontological relation to self (albeit a relation that remains grounded in the ontic-existentiell) and in terms of the question of freedom, the present chapter...

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4 The Time of Action

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pp. 95-114

Our last chapter has shown how Heidegger’s early, phenomenological account of ethical virtue in its relation to ethos and pathos initiates a certain displacement of Aristotle’s thought, bringing it into the dimension of the ekstatic...

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5 Historical Beginnings

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pp. 115-132

In the preceding chapter we have seen that in his Marburg and Freiburg lectures of 1927–30, Heidegger’s thinking of the Being of Dasein as temporality...

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6 Ethos and Poetic Dwelling

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pp. 133-152

Heidegger’s early, phenomenological interpretations of ethos in Aristotle remain knowingly and intentionally within the “scientific” or theoretical orientation toward the disclosure of the ethical dimensions of human existence, an orientation...

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7 The Telling of Ethos

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pp. 153-197

In his “Letter on ‘Humanism’ ” (1946), Heidegger pointed unequivocally to the fundamental significance of Greek tragedy from the point of view of his own thinking of Being. “The tragedies of Sophocles,” he stated, “—provided such a...

Notes

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pp. 199-217

Bibliography

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pp. 219-221

Index

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pp. 223-226