Endlichkeit und Sammlung des Lebens 978-3-16-149948-7 - Mohr Siebeck
Philosophy

Dieter Henrich

Endlichkeit und Sammlung des Lebens

Übers. v. Shivaun Heath, hrsg. v. Friedrich Schweitzer

[Finitude and Recollection of Life.]

2009. 152 pages.

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This study addresses the basic situation of the human being, who as such is capable of rational cognition, but who necessarily leads his life in the knowledge of himself. It explains what a recollection of this life means when all hope of another life has lost its certainty, as is the case in modern times. An English translation is printed on facing pages.
This study addresses the basic situation of the human being, who as such is capable of rational cognition, but who necessarily leads his life in the knowledge of himself. It explains what a recollection of this life means when all hope of another life has lost its certainty, as is the case in modern times. The result of this situation is an antithesis between an experience of unconditional meaning in finite and ephemeral life, and a nihilistic experience which can be realized in a demonstration of the irrelevance of life, a practice which was institutionalized in the extermination camps of the SS. These, however, were not able to hinder their victims on the path towards the recollection of their lives. For such a recollection is incommensurably superior to the motives of the nihilistic action.The author deals with the philosophical implications of such a recollection, and shows the reasons for the weaknesses of commemorative culture in Germany.
An English translation is printed on facing pages.
Authors/Editors

Dieter Henrich Geboren 1927; 1950 Promotion; ordentlicher Professor für Philosophie in Berlin, Heidelberg und München; ständiger Gastprofessor Columbia University (1968–1973), Harvard University (1973–1986); u.a. Ehrenmitglied der American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Friedrich Schweitzer Geboren 1954; seit 1995 Professor für Praktische Theologie in Tübingen.

Shivaun Heath No current data available.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie — 72 (2010), S. 176–177 (Lu de Vos)