Death in the Perspective of Existential Phenomenology

Tomas Kačerauskas


The article deals with the interconnection between death and ethics in the perspectives of existential phenomenology and phenomenological historics. The M. Heidegger’s conception of being-towards-death has been contrasted with the Ricœur’s conceptions of birth and forgiveness, as well as with Levinas’ ethical priority regarding ontology. The major thesis of the article is the following: the life as an existential project under implementation is bracketing of the death. The minor theses are the following: 1) “death” is a criterion of demarcation (border stone) between existential (ontological) and eidetic phenomenology; 2) a certain “death’s” bracketing emerging as an interpretation of technē ton bion being to develope signifies the ethical approach, which opens the contiguity of ontological and ethical regions. According to the author, the ethical and ontological regions have been contiguous in the poetical language as in a form of existential creation by imagining historical co-existence.


Article in: English

Article published: 2009-09-15

Keyword(s): death; ethics; being; history; imagination

DOI: 10.3846/1822-430X.2009.17.3.83-91

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