A Critique of Heidegger's "Fourfold" and the Role of "The Animal"
Animals: Tradition - Philosophy - Religion Article from All-Creatures.org


Simon Oswitch
September 2010

This is a short look at an inconsistency between Heidegger's privileged claim that only humans "die" versus the integral role of the "animal" in his unified view of proper ontological reality: "The Fourfold (of)... earth and sky, divinities and mortals" ...

I argue that it would be consistent with his call for environmental responsibility to displace the priority of the "human" and follow the model of the "animal" ...

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