This book explores what anyone interested in ethics can draw from Heidegger's thinking. Heidegger argues for the radical finitude of being. But finitude is not only an ontological matter; it is also located in ethical life. Moral matters are responses to finite limit-conditions, and ethics itself is finite in its modes of disclosure, appropriation, and performance. With Heidegger's help, Lawrence Hatab argues that ethics should be understood as the contingent engagement of basic practical questions, such as how should human beings live?
Lawrence J. Hatab is professor of philosophy at Old Dominion University. His previous books include Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence: The Redemption of Time and Becoming and Myth and Philosophy: A Contest of Truths.
Chapter 1 An Overview of Heidegger's Thought Chapter 2 Language, Pluralism, and Truth Chapter 3 Being-Ethical-in-the-World Chapter 4 Heidegger and Aristotle Chapter 5 Virtue Chapter 6 The Role of Empathy in Ethics Chapter 7 Selfhood, Freedom, and Community Chapter 8 Ethical Existence and Limits