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Three levels of historical analysis in early Heidegger


Farin, I, Three levels of historical analysis in early Heidegger, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy XII, (XII) pp. 1-37. ISSN 1533-7472 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Martin Heidegger, history, historicity, Wilhelm Dilthey, Yorck von Wartenburg
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Phenomenology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Farin, I (Dr Ingo Farin)
ID Code:86446
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-09-17
Last Modified:2018-02-15
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