Modern philosophy : a footnote to Heidegger

I made a new blog page: Heidegger on Death. It is a very different way of viewing Death than what is ordinarily taught by mainstream society, which Heidegger calls the ‘they-self’, a kind of social conditioning that goes against and hides the true self.

In order to show the importance of Heidegger’s work, the following is a description by translator Jonathan Rée, explaining that Heidegger didn’t need to complete Part 2 of his magnum opus, Being and Time, because it was completed by subsequent modern philosophers, who altogether make but a footnote of Heidegger’s original work:

One might see Being and Time as seeking completion in the work of others, including many who would be affronted by any association with ‘Heideggerianism’. For instance, there are Levinas’s invocations of the unassimilable ‘other’, Simone de Beauvoir’s critiques of ‘feminine’ inauthenticity, Sartre’s criticisms of traditional psychology and ethics, and Althusser’s and Foucault’s revolts against ‘historicism’ and ‘humanism’, not to mention Derrida’s unmistakable Heideggerian programme of ‘deconstruction’. Or there are the attempts by theologians such as Bonhoeffer, Buber, Bultmann and Tillich to ‘demythologize’ religious belief, Lacan’s revolt against ‘ego-psychology’, or the ‘humanistic’ psychologies of Binswanger, Rogers, and R.D. Laing. Then there is the vast tradition of ‘western’ or ‘cultural’ Marxism, carried forward by Lukás, Marcuse and Adorno; the various strands of ‘interpretive’ sociology from Schütz to Bourdieu; and the ‘history from below’ intitiated by E.P. Thompson and Emmanuel Leroi Ladurie. Or there is Anglo-American ‘philosophy of mind’, rooted in the anti-Cartesianism of Gilbert Ryle, and the anti-positivistic theory of science pioneered by Alexandre Koyré and Thomas Kuhn. The greatest adventures of twentieth-century thought, in other words, may be little more than an incomplete series of footnotes to Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Pp. 50 – 51. Heidegger, by Jonathan Rée, 1999, Routledge, New York; part of The Great Philosophers series. All quotations are from Being and Time, (German edition 7th edition, Max Niemeyer, Tübingen, 1953) the classic English translation thereof, by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson, Blackwell, Oxford, 1962

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~ by Thanatologist on 2009-09-19.

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