The Philosophy of Heidegger (Continental European by Michael Watts

By Michael Watts

"The Philosophy of Heidegger" is a readable and trustworthy evaluation of Heidegger's suggestion, appropriate either for newbies and complex scholars. A remarkable and clean characteristic of the paintings is how loose it truly is from the jargon and conventional idioms of educational philosophical writing. Written in basic English, with many illustrations and urban examples, this e-book presents a really obtainable advent to such key Heideggerian notions as in/authenticity, falling, throwness, moods, temporality, earth, international, enframing, and so forth. prepared lower than transparent, no-nonsense headings, Watt's exposition avoids complex involvement with the secondary literature, or with wider philosophical debates, which provides his writing a clean, speedy personality. Ranging greatly throughout Heidegger's various writings, this booklet screens an impressively thorough wisdom of his corpus, navigating the tricky dating among previous and later Heidegger texts, and giving the reader a powerful experience of the fundamental factors and total continuity of Heidegger's idea.

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GOD AND MORAL OBLIGATION 21 approve of and admire Abraham's act and sees this religious duty as in some sense higher than his human social obligations and therefore as overriding them, then on this revised concept of the ethical, Abraham's act would qualify as ethical. The view embodied in the book then would seem to be a form of a divine command theory of ethics. This is in fact how Fear and Trembling has often been read, even though this contradicts the book's own semantic usage, according to which religious duties transcend ‘the ethical’.

Some will conclude from this evident fact that it is misguided to expect Kierkegaard to answer any traditional philosophical questions. Those who advance such a view would claim that Kierkegaard's mission did not consist in helping us to understand better the nature of the ethical life or the religious life in any positive way. They do not see Kierkegaard as attempting to help us gain clarity about the nature of the human self, or any such thing. Rather, they see Kierkegaard's writings as designed solely to continually call into question all the answers we give to such questions; to ironically and humorously pull apart the ‘systems’ we humans build.

46 The irony in this statement is that among Kierkegaard's ‘lovers’ today there are many who still wish to think of him solely as ironist, and use this misunderstanding so as to make it possible to evade his religious claims, or else understand the religious life itself in such a way that it does not make any claims on our intellect. Nor is this balanced perspective on the negative absent from the authorship proper. The emphasis in Concluding Unscientific Postscript is certainly on negativity; the polemical targets are the builders of systems who have forgotten what it means to exist as an individual human being.

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