Heidegger on Death Analytical Essay by Righter

Heidegger on Death
An analysis of Martin Heidegger's views on death, from his book, "Being and Time".
# 153834 | 3,046 words | 1 source | MLA | 2014 | US
Published on Feb 25, 2014 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (History - 20th Century)

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This paper attempts to shed light on the first chapter of Division II of Heidegger's "Being and Time". The paper analyzes Heidegger's discussion of death and discusses the concepts of authenticity and inauthenticity. This author posits, however, that Heidegger might have been mistaken in positing that the only way to bring authenticity to Dasein is through a correct understanding of death. This author argues that there are many experiences or phenomena that have brought authenticity to people's lives.

Part I: Exposition
The Death of Dasein
Part II: Commentary

From the Paper:

"It is plain that Heidegger believes death can be truly and authentically experienced only by the person who dies. That is, although, for example, I might be able to feel the pain that comes with losing, say, my grandmother, nevertheless I cannot fullyexperience her death - albeit I do experience psychological suffering. (Heidegger, pp. 282-283) Heidegger says, "No one can take the Other's dying away from him." (Heidegger, p. 284) In other words, my death is my death alone, and belongs completely to me.
"In order for Dasein to fully become itself - to be truly Dasein - it must die. That
is, there is something "still outstanding" (as Heidegger puts it) - namely, death - that is
yet to come to bring Dasein to its state of completion or wholeness. Death, however,
does not mean that Dasein has "fulfilled itself": in fact, sometimes Dasein fulfills itself
before its death, and many times Dasein does not fulfill itself even at its death. Most of
the time, the latter is the case. As Heidegger says, "For the most part, Dasein ends in
unfulfilment." (Heidegger, p. 288)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time. Translated by Macquarrie, John and Robinson, Edward. New York, NY: Harper & Row. 1962.

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