Divine and Mortal Motivation : On the Movement of Life in Aristotle and Heidegger

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Backman , J 2005 , ' Divine and Mortal Motivation : On the Movement of Life in Aristotle and Heidegger ' , Continental Philosophy Review , vol. 38 , no. 3-4 , pp. 241-261 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11007-006-9007-4

Title: Divine and Mortal Motivation : On the Movement of Life in Aristotle and Heidegger
Author: Backman, Jussi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy (-2009)
Date: 2005
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Continental Philosophy Review
ISSN: 1387-2842
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/157915
Abstract: The paper discusses Heidegger’s early notion of the “movedness of life” (Lebensbewegtheit) and its intimate connection with Aristotle’s concept of movement (kinesis). Heidegger’s aim in the period of Being and Time was to “overcome” the Greek ideal of being as ousia – constant and complete presence and availability – by showing that the background for all meaningful presence is Dasein, the ecstatically temporal context of human being. Life as the event of finitude is characterized by an essential lack and incompleteness, and the living present therefore gains meaning only in relation to a horizon of un-presence and un-availability. Whereas the “theological” culmination of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics finds the supreme fulfillment of human life in the semi-divine self-immanence and self-sufficiency of the bios theoretikos, a radical Heideggerian interpretation of kinesis may permit us to find in Aristotle the fundamental structures of mortal living as self-transcendent movement.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
continental philosophy
ancient philosophy
phenomenology
ethics
Aristotle
Heidegger, Martin
hermeneutics
mannermainen filosofia
antiikin filosofia
fenomenologia
etiikka
Aristoteles
Heidegger
hermeneutiikka
elämänfilosofia
antiikki
fenomenologia
etiikka
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