Philosophy Colloquium on Kierkegaard and Heidegger

Posted on 2/22/2018 5:27:58 PM

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Megan Altman (Hiram College) will give a talk titled “An Ethics of Loneliness and Hope: Kierkegaard's Exile and Heidegger’s Emigrant” on Friday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Science Building, room 206.


Commentators on Heidegger’s ontologization of Kierkegaard have tended to claim that Heidegger’s reading of the ethico-religious dimensions of Kierkegaard’s thought seems cold and compassionless. In this paper, I hope to show that Heidegger’s concept of ‘ethics,’ properly understood as etymologically related to ‘dwelling’ and ‘abode,’ puts forth an ontology in which the pressing question is not about obligations we owe each other, but rather, it is a matter of finding local places for communal life in our fractured and individualistic political context. What is most striking here is that Heidegger’s alternative view of ethics seems to offer an existential hope which, much like Kierkegaard’s eschatological hope, enables us to experience the highest things (the transcendent) in the lowliest places (the hearth).