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Time and the Shared World

Heidegger on Social Relations

Irene McMullin

Publication Year: 2013

Time and the Shared World challenges the common view that Heidegger offers few resources for understanding humanity’s social nature. The book demonstrates that Heidegger’s reformulation of traditional notions of subjectivity has wide-ranging implications for understanding the nature of human relationships. Contrary to entrenched critiques, Irene McMullin shows that Heidegger’s characterization of selfhood as fundamentally social presupposes the responsive acknowledgment of each person’s particularity and otherness. In doing so, McMullin argues that Heidegger’s work on the social nature of the self must be located within a philosophical continuum that builds on Kant and Husserl’s work regarding the nature of the a priori and the fundamental structures of human temporality, while also pointing forward to developments of these themes to be found in Heidegger’s later work and in such thinkers as Sartre and Levinas. By developing unrecognized resources in Heidegger’s work, Time and the Shared World is able to provide a Heidegger-inspired account of respect and the intersubjective origins of normativity.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Contents

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pp. 10-11

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

None of this would be possible without the love and support of my family—especially my mother’s unflagging faith in me. Thank you, Mom, for being the bedrock of my life. Jim, Heather, and Neil: you have been a tremendous inspiration—the many times you have made me laugh in This book began as my dissertation work at Rice University under ...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction: Time and the Shared World

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pp. 3-14

This book analyzes the implications of Heidegger’s critique of traditional theories of subjectivity for any conception of “intersubjectivity,” demonstrating that one can benefi t from Heidegger’s radically new characterization of human selfhood without being committed to the distorted and solipsistic social ontology that is often deemed to be its direct ...

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Chapter 1 - The “Subject” of Inquiry

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pp. 15-38

According to Heidegger, the traditional problem of other minds is in fact a false problematic because “the very being which serves as its theme repudiates such a line of questioning” (BT 206/ 191). In other words, Heidegger answers the problem of other minds by rejecting the modern conception of selfhood that gave rise to it and by insisting that any account of ...

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Chapter 2 - Mineness and the Practical First-Person

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pp. 39-57

Heidegger’s non-substantive account of subjectivity—coupled with his characterization of our everyday way of being as a lostness in the anonymity and averageness of the public realm—leads us to wonder whether there really is a Heideggerian “self” at all. Despite the tendency to read Heidegger—especially his later writings—as advocating some version of ...

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Chapter 3 - Being and Otherness: Sartre’s Critique

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pp. 58-76

Given his account of Dasein as a care- driven intentionally directed immersion in the shared world, Heidegger seems to avoid the diffi culties associated with other accounts of social relations. For Heidegger, there is no private cabinet of consciousness to which others have no access—on the contrary, Dasein’s selfhood is defi ned by an existential ...

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Chapter 4 - Heideggerian Aprioricity and the Categories of Being

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pp. 77-104

We have seen that Sartre’s account of intersubjective encounters bases the recognition of the other’s selfhood on one’s own experience of objectifi cation, thereby leading him to fall into the same diffi culty that he accuses Heidegger’s account of endorsing: namely, that I may have the experience that is supposedly unique to encountering another person ...

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Chapter 5 - The Temporality of Care

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pp. 105-140

Being and Time’s Division Two engages in a temporal reformulation of its initial characterization of Dasein’s care structure, demonstrating that interpreting Dasein’s being in terms of temporality will offer a deeper understanding of what grounds and unifi es care: “The primordial unity of the structure of care lies in temporality” (BT 327/ 301); it “makes possible the ...

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Chapter 6 - Fürsorge: Acknowledging the Other Dasein

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pp. 141-183

As we saw in chapter 5, the encounter with the originary temporality of other Dasein is acknowledged in the very fact that there are public standards to which one submits oneself. The existence of foreign nows to which I must accommodate my own originary temporality is a necessary condition for the bindingness and publicity of the norms and shared ...

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Chapter 7 - Authenticity, Inauthenticity, and the Extremes of Fürsorge

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pp. 184-230

Considering Heidegger’s negative descriptions of the type of being- toward others that characterizes leaping- in—one pole of the Fürsorge continuum—one may be tempted to doubt whether the radical distinction between things and persons articulated above genuinely exists on his account. In its extreme forms leaping- in seems to involve no ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 231-234

Though many have been initially drawn to Heidegger’s reformulation of traditional concepts of subjectivity, his lack of an articulated account of the social dimension of the self—and the seemingly problematic form it must take as a result of this reformulation—has been off-putting for many. In contrast, this book has argued for the central role that other ...

Notes

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pp. 235-268

Bibliography

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pp. 269-291

Index

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pp. 293-298


E-ISBN-13: 9780810166561
E-ISBN-10: 0810166569
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810129023
Print-ISBN-10: 0810129027

Page Count: 314
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: SPEP
Series Editor Byline: Tony Steinbock

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Subject Headings

  • Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
  • Time -- Philosophy.
  • Intersubjectivity.
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