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Title: Heidegger and East Asia : continuing the dialogue
Author: McDougall, Uisdean Edward George
ISNI:       0000 0004 2722 3773
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores and extends the dialogue between Martin Heidegger and East Asia. It asks whether East Asian thought, particularly philosophical Daoism, can adequately address the problem of modern nihilism as conceived by Heidegger. It aims to clarify the vague prospect: which Heidegger termed the 'new beginning' by showing how East Asian thought offers a distinctive model of the sacred that can antidote modern nihilism. Chapter One grounds the overall thesis by outlining the basic phenomenological principles of Heidegger's thought, particularly his notions of Being (Sein) and world. This basis is extended by Chapter Two which examines the Later Heidegger's notions of earth and Seyn. Chapter Three sets out modern nihilism as it is understood in Heidegger's philosophy. Chapter Four looks at the basic hermeneutical difficulties of Heidegger's dialogue with East Asia. Building on this introduction to Heidegger’s thought, Chapter Five discusses Daoism and Shintoism as models for the sacred, comparing them with Heidegger’s notion of dwelling. Chapter Six examines what it means for the Dao to be ineffable, comparing the Dao with Seyn and showing how the poetic mysticism of Heidegger and the Daoist thinkers differs from both esoteric knowledge and quietism. Chapter Seven considers the interplay between yin and yang in relation to Heidegger's thought, comparing the dichotomy with Heidegger's earth and world and looks at the history of Western metaphysics in the light of this comparison. Then, moving away from ontology to applied philosophy, Chapter Nine discusses the Daoist ethos of wu wei and to what extent this can provide Heideggerian thought with a model for living in the modern Western world. The final section brings the other chapters together, arguing that Heidegger's later thought sets out a non-doctrinal-religious ethos in response to modern Western nihilism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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