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Heidegger on Being Uncanny

Withy, Katherine

Published by Harvard University Press
ISBN 10: 0674416708 / ISBN 13: 9780674416703
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Title: Heidegger on Being Uncanny

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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There are bizarre moments when we feel like strangers to ourselves. Through an investigation of Heidegger's concept of uncanniness, Katherine Withy explores what such experiences reveal. She shows that we can be what we are only if we do not fully understand what it is to be us, and points toward what it is to live well as an uncanny human being. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: HPCF3. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 167 x 244 x 27. Weight in Grams: 554. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780674416703

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Synopsis: There are moments when things suddenly seem strange objects in the world lose their meaning, we feel like strangers to ourselves, or human existence itself strikes us as bizarre and unintelligible. Through a detailed philosophical investigation of Heidegger s concept of uncanniness ("Unheimlichkeit"), Katherine Withy explores what such experiences reveal about us. She argues that while others (such as Freud, in his seminal psychoanalytic essay, The Uncanny ) take uncanniness to be an affective quality of strangeness or eeriness, Heidegger uses the concept to go beyond feeling uncanny to reach the ground of this feeling in our "being" uncanny. "Heidegger on Being Uncanny" answers those who wonder whether human existence is fundamentally strange to itself by showing that we can be what we are only if we do not fully understand what it is to be us. This fundamental finitude in our self-understanding is our uncanniness. In this first dedicated interpretation of Heidegger s uncanniness, Withy tracks this concept from his early analyses of angst through his later interpretations of the choral ode from Sophocles s "Antigone." Her interpretation uncovers a novel and robust continuity in Heidegger s thought and in his vision of the human being as uncanny, and it points the way toward what it is to live well as an uncanny human being."

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