Date of Award

Spring 2003

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Tallon, Andrew

Second Advisor

Ibanez-Noe, Javier

Third Advisor

Stohrer, Walter


When I tell fellow philosophers that I am writing my dissertation on Heideggerian ethics, I am often met with puzzled looks and frequently, people will say, "but there is no such thing!" I have found that this comment can have several different meanings. Often, it refers to the fact that Heidegger never wrote a work that gave a detailed account of morality or addressed the issue of what specific actions may be considered right or wrong. Because he avoids such an explicit discussion of the topic, people often conclude that Heidegger must believe that morality is unimportant and not worthy of consideration. However, there are other philosophers whose work has ethical implications, such as William James, who never wrote a single work summarizing their ethical views, and this fact does not seem to be as controversial for them as it is with regard to Heidegger (Bruzina 1982, 37)...



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