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Title: Modern representational thinking : the ontic, the a priori and the divinization of the human : a new approach to Heidegger's Kehre
Author: Crichton, Cristina
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 0698
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis offers a new approach to Heidegger's Kehre. This turn in Heidegger's thinking has been understood in various ways including the view that there is no such turning. My analysis is framed within those who think that there is an early and a later Heidegger meaning by this that the former focuses the reawakening of the encounter with Being on Dasein and the latter on the history of Being. A well-known outcome of this last focus is Heidegger's critical view towards modern representations. I will show that an analysis of this critical view can offer a new understanding of Heidegger's turn. Heidegger draws up a distinction between intuitive representations and representations against experience, the latter of which corresponds to his understanding of modern representations. An analysis of this type of representations shows that in the mid-30s Heidegger realizes that thinking Being as the a priori carries a danger, which consists in the fact that Being can break with the ontic domain and become determined by pure reason alone. The danger lurking in the a priori reinforces the view that the withdrawal of Being precludes its aprioricity. This leads Heidegger to lose faith in his project of fundamental ontology as presented in Being and Time and compels him to rethink Being in ways that could avoid this danger, as his unorthodox interpretation of Kant's synthetic a priori shows. Commensurate with this, Heidegger becomes increasingly concerned about the ontic domain, as his introduction of the notion of metontology - a failed attempt to break clear with fundamental ontology - reveals. Insofar as the utmost expression of the danger lurking in the a priori is the determination (creation) of reality by representations - where reality has to be understood in its traditional sense -, Heidegger's break clear with fundamental ontology can be read as an attempt to avoid the divinization of the human.
Supervisor: Mulhall, Stephen ; Pattison, George Sponsor: Becas Chile
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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