Heidegger and Daoism on Mortality

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TitleHeidegger and Daoism on Mortality
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsChan, W. -cheuk
Page24 - 54
Date Published2012
PublisherRia University Press
ISBN Number9781934297155
KeywordsDeath, Heidegger, Martin, MORTALITY, Taoism, Zhuangzi

Heidegger has been identified as "the" thinker on mortality in the West. Upon closer examination, one will nonetheless discover that there are essential differences between Heideggers early and later thinking on death. This paper aims to pinpoint exactly these distinctions. In clarifying the grounds underling the shift in Heideggers understanding of the essence of mortality, we will turn to the Daoist Zhuangzi for help. As we learn from Henrich Petzets report, Heidegger was well-versed in Bubers German translation of the Zhuangzi. Essential similarities between Zhuangzis and the later Heideggers thinking on mortality will also help us take issue with an "existentialist" interpretation of the Daoist doctrine of mortality.