Heidegger on Science

Edited by Trish Glazebrook

Subjects: Heidegger, Philosophy Of Science, Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438442686, 327 pages, January 2013
Hardcover : 9781438442679, 327 pages, April 2012

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Table of contents

Abbreviations and Translations
Part I. Reading Heidegger on Science
1. Why Read Heidegger on Science?
Trish Glazebrook

2. Heidegger’s Critique of Science
William J. Richardson, S. J.

Part II. Quantum Theory
3. Beyond Ontic-Ontological Relations: Gelassenheit, Regnet, and Niels Bohr’s Program of Experimental Quantum Mechanics
Jim Watson

4. Heidegger’s Theses Concerning the Question of the Foundations of the Sciences
Ewald Richter
Translated by Trish Glazebrook and Christine Behme

Part III. Science and the Human Experience
5. From Animal to Dasein: Heidegger and Evolutionary Biology
Lawrence J. Hatab

6. Carnap and Heidegger: Parting Ways in the Philosophy of Science
Patrick A. Heelan

7. Lost Belongings: Heidegger, Naturalism, and Natural Science
David R. Cerbone

Part IV. Technoscience
8. Heidegger’s Philosophy of Science and the Critique of Calculation: Reflective Questioning, Gelassenheit, and Life
Babette E. Babich

9. Gelassenheit: Beyond Techno-Scientific Thinking
Ute Guzzoni

10. Opening Ways of Transformation
Gail Stenstad

Part V. Revisting Being and Time

11. Heidegger and the Empirical Turn in Continental Philosophy of Science
Robert Crease

12. A Supratheoretical PreScientific Hermeneutics of Scientific Discovery
Theodore Kisiel

13. Heidegger’s Philosophy of Science: The Two Essences of Science
John D. Caputo

14. Developments and Implications
Trish Glazebrook

List of Contributors

The first collection of essays devoted to Heidegger’s contribution to understanding modern science.


Although Martin Heidegger is well known for his work on technology, he is not often discussed in the context of science broadly speaking. This volume is the first to showcase diverse perspectives on Heidegger's assessments of the sciences, looking at a number of different ways that Heidegger's writings contribute to questions concerning how we understand the world through science. With particular attention to quantum theory, natural science, technoscience, and a section devoted specifically to investigating what Being and Time has to say about science, the book will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of disciplines and traditions. It closes with consideration of questions about sustainability and ethics raised by Heidegger's engagement with the sciences.

Trish Glazebrook is Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas and the author of Heidegger's Philosophy of Science.


"These essays by leading scholars in the field of Heidegger studies are well written, persuasively argued, original, and provide many new insights. Heidegger scholars and scholars in other fields will greatly benefit from this book. " — Holger Zaborowski, Catholic University of America

"This book reveals the particular richness of Heidegger's thought on science, making an important contribution to both the study of Heidegger's philosophy and the critical analysis of modern science. Cutting edge, it's at the forefront of philosophical thinking. " — Christian Becker, Pennsylvania State University