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Time of Life, The

Heidegger and Ethos

William McNeill

Publication Year: 2006

The Time of Life explores Heidegger’s rethinking of ethics and of the ethical in terms of an understanding of the original Greek notion of eµthos. Engaging the ethical in Heidegger’s thought in relation to Aristotle, Michel Foucault, and Friedrich Hölderlin, William McNeill examines the way in which Heidegger’s thought shifts our understanding of ethics away from a set of theoretically constructed norms, principles, or rules governing practice toward an understanding of the ethical as our concrete way of Being in the world. Central to this study is the consideration of the ethical in relation to time: the time of biological life, the time of human life as biographical and historical, the temporality of human action, and the historicality of human thought. In addition, this book critically examines the predicament of ethical responsibility in a scientific-technological era, considering how the world of modern science and technology call upon us to rethink the nature of ethical responsibilities.

Published by: State University of New York Press

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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pp. 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


E-ISBN-13: 9780791481615
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791467831
Print-ISBN-10: 079146783X

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Dennis J. Schmidt