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Division III of Heidegger's Being and TimeThe Unanswered Question of Being$
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Lee Braver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029681

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029681.001.0001

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The Failure of Philosophy: Why Didn’t Being and Time Answer the Question of Being?

The Failure of Philosophy: Why Didn’t Being and Time Answer the Question of Being?

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(p.285) 14 The Failure of Philosophy: Why Didn’t Being and Time Answer the Question of Being?
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Division III of Heidegger's Being and Time
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Iain Thomson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029681.003.0014

Thomson explains why Being and Time fails to accomplish the very thing Heidegger most wanted the text to accomplish, namely, the disclosure of a “fundamental ontology” or “an understanding of the meaning of being in general.” Thomson shows, moreover, that this failure teaches Heidegger, and so us, a profound lesson about what philosophy can and cannot be henceforth, helping to guide us beyond Western philosophy’s perennial ambition to establish and secure a metaphysical ontotheology. Thomson thus argues that the failure of philosophical metaphysics in Being and Time, rather than taking away from the greatness of the work, should instead be recognized as a crucial part of what makes Being and Time the most important philosophical work of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Philosophy, Ontology, Metaphysics, Ontotheology, Theology, Socrates, Plato, Kant, Nietzsche

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