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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

François Raffoul
Pages 501-521
DOI: 10.7761/9789738863262_9

Heidegger and Ethics

The ambition of this essay is to investigate Heidegger’s thought of ethics in terms of what he calls in his “Letter on Humanism” an “originary ethics,” attempting to draw key features or characteristics of such an ethics. I argue that the proper site of ethics is at the center of Heidegger’s enterprise, in which ethics is grounded on a phenomenal basis, as opposed to being left groundless in abstract theorizing on so-called applied and theoretical ethics. Heidegger would think ethics, not as some theoretical principles to apply, but as the very unfolding of human existence.

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