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Nature and Being

Fred Dallmayr

in Return to Nature?

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134338
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134338.003.0007
Nature and Being

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Martin Heidegger studied existential phenomenology and ontology and was Merleau-Ponty's German contemporary. Heidegger also transformed his thought from reflection toward a more existential situatedness that he reflected in his definition of existence as “being in the world.” Heidegger's approach to nature, however, differed from his colleague. At the time, nature was believed to be a target of theory or as having a practical use. Heidegger was one of the first to present the idea that nature could be an important part of human experience. In three stages, Heidegger formed his philosophy on nature. The first was in specific passages of his work Being and Time. The second, in lectures he gave on Schelling and Aristotle's concept of nature and the last by looking at texts on Parmenides and the meaning of poetry.

Keywords: nature; Heidegger; Germany; experience; Being and Time; philosophy of nature

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Subjects: Environment

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