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The philosophical significance of death: a reconstructive interpretation of Hegel and Heidegger

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2019
Mandalinci, Maya.
The main interest of this thesis consists in presenting an ontologico-existential understanding of death as seeking the possible ways to place and hold the nothing within being itself. Interpreting death in light of its belongingess to human being’s very own being initially needs a confrontation with the deeply rooted difficulty of thinking outside the language of binary opposition. Unless this difficulty is eliminated death and the nothing remain to be left out of the domain of being, which is the only domain out of which meaning can occur. Hegel’s dialectic approach will be of assistance to search for an alternative way of moving within the midst of opposites. Yet Hegel’s speculative system in which finitude and infinity as well as being and nothing are shown to be in a constitutive relation can offer only a conceptual solution. As turning to Heidegger, we will then be presented with a comprehensive and rich notion of death. Being able to include death within being will introduce a new understanding of temporality as finite and ecstatic. Within the end it will become possible to question whether the relation between noting and being can be accounted through an ontologico-existential understandin of death.