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Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 11, April 2018

Sam Traylor
Pages 81-90
DOI: 10.5840/stance2018117

Living with the Dying, Being With the Dead

Though Heidegger largely informs his conceptions of being and time through an analytic of the phenomenology of death, he treats death as an entirely personal experience. Through Robert Pogue Harrison’s Dominion of the Dead, and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, this essay examines the death of others, and how the experience of another’s death informs the life of the living. The death of others is the possibility of a shift in the world of the living; this possibility for the living arises primarily through relationship with the corpse.