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What is a human being? [electronic resource] : a Heideggerian view /
Frederick A. Olafson.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
description
vii, 262 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521473950
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
isbn
0521473950
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8375249
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
This book will surely play a dominant role in ongoing discussions of personhood and personal identity. The importance of Olafson's work lies in the fact that it bridges the gap between a broadly analytic approach to the nature of these issues and a phenomenological approach. Throughout the text, Olafson (Univ. of California, San Diego) presents the historical underpinnings of contemporary works by analytic philosophers on personhood and related issues in the philosophy of mind, and assesses these works alongside their phenomenological counterparts. In the end, Olafson favors the latter, and he carefully constructs an account of human nature that incorporates ideas from Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Olafson's account couples the ideas of "ek-sistence" and "presence" to form a unitary (nondualistic) concept of what it is to be a human. Due to both its wide scope and its constructive nature, this book is uniquely equipped to appeal to any philosopher with an interest in the nature of human minds and persons. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty. H. Storl; Augustana College (IL)
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Main Description
This broad, ambitious study is about human nature--treated in a way quite different from the scientific account that influences so much of contemporary philosophy. Drawing on certain basic ideas of Heidegger, the author presents an alternative to the debate waged between dualists and materialists in the philosophy of mind that involves reconceiving the way we usually think about "mental" life. Olafson argues that familiar contrasts between the "physical" and the "psychological" break down under closer scrutiny. They need to be replaced by a conception of human being in which we are not entities compounded out of body and mind, but unitary entities that are distinguished by "having a world," which is very different from simply being a part of the world.
Description for Library
This broad, ambitious study is about human nature, but human nature treated in a way quite different from the scientific account that influences so much of contemporary philosophy. Drawing on certain basic ideas of Heidegger the author presents an alternative to the debate waged between dualists and materialists in the philosophy of mind that involves reconceiving the way we usually think about 'mental' life.
Main Description
This broad, ambitious study is about human nature, but human nature treated in a way quite different from the scientific account that influences so much of contemporary philosophy. Drawing on certain basic ideas of Heidegger the author presents an alternative to the debate waged between dualists and materialists in the philosophy of mind that involves reconceiving the way we usually think about 'mental' life. Olafson argues that familiar contrasts between the 'physical' and the 'psychological' break down under closer scrutiny. They need to be replaced by a conception of human being in which we are not entities compounded out of body and mind, but unitary entities that are distinguished by 'having a world', which is very different from simply being a part of the world.
Description for Bookstore
This book is at once an important application of Heidegger's thought to contemporary philosophical discussion, and a profound argument for a humanistic rather than scientific account of what it is to be a human being.
Description for Bookstore
This book is at once an important application of HeideggerÂ’s thought to contemporary philosophical discussion, and a profound argument for a humanistic rather than scientific account of what it is to be a human being.
Table of Contents
Inside and outside
Perception as presence
Presence and absence
Individuation
Polarity and agency
Bodies
The entity each of us is
Conclusion
Index
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