Kant, Heidegger, and the problem of indifference: from reason to releasement

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dc.contributor.author Poole, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-25T19:55:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-25T19:55:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-04-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7188
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents a study of Immanuel Kant and Martin Heidegger on the theme of indifference. There are two main argumentative trajectories. First, I establish the coherency of indifference as a unifying theme across both of their works. Specifically, it will be shown that for both thinkers indifference emerges as a “problem” bound up with the history of western metaphysics tending towards nihilism. For Kant, this appears as a problem of reason, and for Heidegger a loss of Being. Their responses to this problem can also be seen as broadly analogous: Both are concerned to demonstrate how a certain “authentic” relation to the inner possibility of metaphysics is possible, and do so without assuming anything in advance about the being for whom metaphysics is an issue. Second, I aim to show that Heidegger’s notion of indifference, as a closure of ecstatic time and loss of Being, more sufficiently accounts for the breadth of indifference as an experiential phenomenon, as well as makes possible a “turning” (Verwindung) of this closed mode into an kind of “open indifference” that makes possible the presencing of things. From the perspective of Heidegger’s response to the problem of indifference, Kant’s response will be shown to regenerate the very problem he seeks to overcome. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Kant en_US
dc.subject Heidegger en_US
dc.subject Indifference en_US
dc.title Kant, Heidegger, and the problem of indifference: from reason to releasement en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Kroker, Arthur
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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