Heidegger's Moral Ontology

Heidegger's Moral Ontology

by James D. Reid


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Heidegger's Moral Ontology offers the first comprehensive account of the ethical issues that underwrite Heidegger's efforts to develop a novel account of human existence. Drawing from a wide array of source materials from the period leading up to the publication of Being and Time (1919–1927), and in conversation with ancient, modern, and contemporary contributions to moral philosophy, James D. Reid brings Heidegger's early philosophy into fruitful dialogue with the history of ethics, and sheds fresh light on such familiar topics as Heidegger's critique of Husserl, his engagement with Aristotle, his account of mortality, the role played by Kant in the genesis of Being and Time, and Heidegger's early reflections on philosophical language and concepts. This lively book will appeal to all who are interested in Heidegger's early phenomenology and in his thought more generally, as well as to those interested in the nature, scope, and foundations of ethical life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108434713
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2020
Pages: 249
Sales rank: 831,073
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

James D. Reid is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has co-edited Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy (2012) and is the author of Being Here Is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy (2015).

Table of Contents

Introduction: ethics and ontology; 1. Ethical criticism; 2. Ethical truth and the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns; 3. Excursus on being and the good; 4. Things and persons: an exercise in moral ontology; 5. Owning up to life and death; 6. The ethics and ontology of formal indication; Conclusion.

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