Letter on Humanism

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Letter on Humanism

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This chapter examines Heidegger's “Letter on Humanism”—a reply to the question posed by Jean Beaufret: how would it be possible, given new perspectives, to restore a meaning to the word “humanism”? This letter, among the author's significant works, distills the major theses of Heidegger II and retains the most characteristic features of Heidegger I. It clearly shows that existential analysis was the first step toward grounding metaphysics by trying to discern that structure in man which characterizes him as man and his relationship with Being. Since the humanisms of the tradition are correlative with the metaphysics that was surpassed, the conception of man as existence is in effect the surpassing of humanism.

Keywords: humanism; Beaufret; Letter on Humanism; Being

Chapter.  9179 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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