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Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger and Deleuze$
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Brent Adkins

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627967

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627967.001.0001

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Death, Incorporated

Death, Incorporated

(p.17) 1 Death, Incorporated
Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger and Deleuze

Brent Adkins

Edinburgh University Press

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.

Keywords:   death, Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, human experience, Dasein, melancholia, empirical loss

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