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Three levels of historical analysis in early Heidegger
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 19:33 authored by Farin, I
In this paper I distinguish and analyze three distinct levels of historical analysis in early Heidegger’s work. In the wake of Dilthey and Yorck, Heidegger develops an ontology of "historical being" that focuses on Dasein’s always already given immersion in and dependency on the encompassing intergenerational history or tradition. But Heidegger also develops a phenomenological–existential account of the original sense of history, which identifies the true origin of “history” not in tradition, but in the interiority of the existing singular self outside all societal significations. A third strand in early Heidegger stems from his analysis of Paul’s understanding of living historically in the face of the end of time. In a brief conclusion I show that these three levels of analysis are not consistent with each other, and that, therefore, Heidegger’s account of history in Being and Time, which draws on the three different levels, is inherently unstable.
Publication titleThe New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy XII
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
PublisherAcumen Publishing Ltd
Place of publicationLondon
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