Existential and Ontological Dimensions of Time in Heidegger and Dōgen

By Steven Heine

Subjects: Buddhism
Series: SUNY series in Buddhist Studies
Paperback : 9780887060014, 212 pages, June 1985
Hardcover : 9780887060007, 212 pages, June 1985

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Table of contents



Chapter 1. The Question of Time

The Significance of the Question

Formative Elements in Heidegger's Philosophy of Time

Formative Elements in Dogen's Philosophy of Time

Issues in Methodology

Chapter 2. The Origin of Derivative Time

Problematics of Derivative Time

Heidegger's Analysis of Derivative Time

Dogen's Analysis of Derivative Time

Comparative Examination

Chapter 3. Finitude and Impermanence

Problematics of Finitude and Impermanence

Heidegger's Disclosure of Finitude

Dogen's Disclosure of Impermanence

Comparative Examination

Chapter 4. Primordial Time

Problematics of Primordial Time

Heidegger's Understanding of Primordial Time

Dogen's Understanding of Primordial Time

Comparative Examination


Appendix A Translation of Dogen's "Uji" (Being Time)


Glossary of Japanese Terms



In a landmark work, Steven Heine establishes the basis and framework for philosophical dialogue between Heidegger's approach to "Being and Time" and Dogen's doctrine of "being-time. " Close examination of their analysis of the true nature, structure, and meaning of time reveals critical points of convergence in the existential and ontological dimensions of their thought.

Heine asserts that Heidegger and Dogen are uniquely suited for critical comparative and cross-cultural study because both attempt to overcome their respective philosophical traditions that express unacknowledged and deficient presuppositions concerning time. And both reorient our understanding of all phases of existence and experience in terms of time and temporality, death and dying, and finitude and impermanence.

Heine provides new insight into Dogen's philosophy as seen in the "Uji" chapter of Dogen's Shorogenzo.

The book features a new annotated translation of the "Uji" and a glossary of Japanese terms.

Steven Heine is Lecturer in Religious Studies at Villanova University.