Heidegger and the Human

Edited by Ingo Farin & Jeff Malpas

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Religion, Literature, History Of Philosophy, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Hardcover : 9781438490496, 377 pages, October 2022
Paperback : 9781438490489, 377 pages, April 2023

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Table of contents


Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas

Part I. Anthropology and Philosophy

1. Heidegger’s Engagement with and Critique of Philosophical Anthropology
Ingo Farin

2. From Heidegger’s Da-Sein to the “Prince of the World”
Babette Babich

3. The Unfought Battle: Heidegger and Plessner
Thomas Schwarz Wentzer

4. On the Twofoldness of Human Beings: Husserl’s “Reply” to Heidegger’s Critical Remarks
Sara Heinämaa

Part II. Human Being, Otherness, and World

5. Returning to Place: Retrieving the Human from “Humanism”
Jeff Malpas

6. Being Human and Being Open: Heidegger’s Radicalization of the Transcendental after Husserl
Niall Keane

7. Play, World, and the Human
Bruce Janz

8. Bio-logies of Being: On Human and Animal Life in Heidegger and Beyond
Hans Ruin

9. Heidegger’s Race
Laurence Paul Hemming

Part III. Life, Identity, and Finitude

10. Dasein and Intersectional Identity
Tina Fernandes Botts

11. Natality vs. Mortality: Turning Heidegger Inside Out
Anne Granberg

12. Having Some Regard for Human Frailty: On Finitude and Humanity
Katherine Withy

13. Dwelling after 1945: Heidegger among the Architects
Tobias Keiling

List of Contributors

Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.


The human being stands at the center of the humanities and social sciences. In an age that some have dubbed the Anthropocene, this book addresses Heidegger's conception of the human being and its role in the world. Contributors discuss how Heidegger envisages and interprets the human being and what we can learn from his thought. Pluralistic in outlook, this volume covers a broad range of divergent views on Heidegger and his complex conception of the human. A short introductory chapter orients the reader to the significance of the question of the human in Heidegger's works, its topicality, and its relevance for interpreting Heidegger's oeuvre. Chapters are divided into three thematic groups: anthropology and philosophy; human being, otherness, and world; and life, identity, and finitude. This organization facilitates discussions of the systematic interconnection between Heidegger's philosophy and his critical thoughts on anthropology and humanism, as well as his relation to contemporary philosophers and their views on the subject. Various problems in Heidegger's concept of the human are addressed, and moral dimensions and practical imperatives implicit in Heidegger explored in discussions about intersectionality and oppression, the frailty of the human, and the embeddedness of the human being in nature, society, and history.

Ingo Farin is an independent researcher. He is the coeditor (with Michael Bowler) of Hermeneutical Heidegger and coeditor (with Jeff Malpas) of Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931–1941. Jeff Malpas is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania in Australia. He is the author of Rethinking Dwelling: Heidegger, Place, Architecture and coauthor (with Kenneth White) of The Fundamental Field: Thought, Poetics, World.


"Human nature and the human condition are burning topics at a time when human beings are transforming the planet and themselves, while naive anthropocentrism seems ever less viable. At this juncture, Heidegger's reflections on humanism and on the relation between being and humans are particularly worthy of questioning. The diverse essays in this collection rise to the challenge and consistently provide food for thought." — Richard Polt, author of Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties