Heidegger and the Mystery of Being

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University of Wollongong Thesis Collections University of Wollongong Thesis Collection University of Wollongong Year  Heidegger and the mystery of being Marion Reddan University of Wollongong Reddan, Marion, Heidegger and the mystery of being, PhD thesis, School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Language, University of Wollongong, 2009. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/825 This paper is posted at Research Online. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/825 HEIDEGGER AND THE MYSTERY OF BEING A thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY from UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG by Marion Reddan MA School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Language 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page Certification vi Acknowledgements vii Abbreviations viii Abstract xi Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: HEIDEGGER AND PLATO 15 1.1 Metaphysics and the Presocratics 16 1.2 Plato and the cosmos 20 1.3 The first discourse 21 1.4 The creation of time 24 1.5 The second discourse 26 1.6 The third discourse 32 1.7 “Timaeus” and being 33 CHAPTER TWO: THE ORIGINS OF METAPHYSICS 41 2.1 The rise of metaphysics 41 2.2 Ontotheology and the ontological difference 46 2.3 Experiencing the nothing 48 CHAPTER THREE: EXPLORING THE EXPERIENTIAL 56 3.1 The medievals and religious experience 57 3.2 Being and the transcendental 58 3.3 Phenomenology and life 60 ii 3.4 Human experience in the world 62 3.5 The care structure 67 3.6 Temporality 69 3.7 Death 72 3.8 Beyond Being and Time 73 CHAPTER FOUR: THE PROBLEM OF THE BODY 77 4.1 Heidegger’s conception of the body 77 4.2 Conflicting interpretations of Heidegger’s position 81 4.3 Critical evaluations of Heidegger
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