This chapter discusses Martin Heidegger's concept of death in his Being and Time. It argues that death plays a transcendental role in Being and Time and that the conditions for the possibility of human experience are predicated on a lack. The chapter contends that conditions for the possibility of experience lie in Dasein's transcendental melancholia, and that the melancholia is not a psychological reaction to empirical loss, but the metaphysical ground of any possible experience.
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