Universal Mutual Responsibility: Heidegger, Selfhood, and the Possibility of an Ethics of Community

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dc.contributor.advisor Piercey, Robert
dc.contributor.author Booÿ, Daniel Nathan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T16:26:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T16:26:26Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3558
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master's of Arts in Philosophy, University of Regina. iv, 108 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract Martin Heidegger's treatise Being and Time, in seeking to answer the question of the meaning of Being, addresses the subject of the self and various problems relating to selfhood as component parts of his larger project. While addressing the subject of the self, however, Heidegger has overlooked many important considerations, specifically with regards to the way the self interacts with and depends upon its others. The end result of this is that Heidegger's understanding of the self throughout Being and Time carries with it both demonstrable inconsistencies and a number of propositions that require further investigation. This study, thus, has sought to exegetically explicate Heidegger's understanding of the self as it is made manifest throughout Being and Time, to critically pose problems to Heidegger's concept of the self that highlight those places where the self has been left inconsistent or incomplete, and to draw upon both alternate sources and original research so as to augment Heidegger's concept of the self and return a more robust and complete understanding of the self. This study demonstrates that, while Heidegger's concept of the self in Being and Time is fundamentally incomplete and inconsistent at various points in and of itself, it provides an adequate foundation upon which a more complete and consistent understanding of the self and its interactions with its others can be developed. One possible conceptual solution to this problem, a solution that takes its inspiration from various sections of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, has been proposed below under the name of “universal mutual responsibility.” This solution offers a means by which to preserve Heidegger's existing ontological investigations into the self while supplementing these ontological investigations with those existential considerations Heidegger himself left unexplored. These considerations and their various implications have been read back and reinserted into the text, thus solidifying the concept of universal mutual responsibility as a viable advancement upon Heidegger's existing concept of the self within Being and Time. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976. Sein und Zeit
dc.subject.lcsh Self (Philosophy)
dc.subject.lcsh Responsibility--Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh Social ethics
dc.subject.lcsh Ethics, Modern--20th century
dc.title Universal Mutual Responsibility: Heidegger, Selfhood, and the Possibility of an Ethics of Community en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts (MA) en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Department of Philosophy and Classics en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Marshall, George
dc.contributor.committeemember Ward, Ann
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dc.contributor.externalexaminer Wall, Kathleen


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