Natality And Finitude

Paperback | September 22, 2010

byAnne O'byrneOtherDaniel Richardson

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Philosophers are accustomed to thinking about human existence as finite and deathbound. Anne O'Byrne focuses instead on birth as a way to make sense of being alive. Building on the work of Heidegger, Dilthey, Arendt, and Nancy, O'Byrne discusses how the world becomes ours and how meaning emerges from our relations to generations past and to come. Themes such as creation, time, inheritance, birth and action, embodiment, biological determinism, and cloning anchor this sensitive and powerful analysis. O'Byrne's thinking advances and deepens important discussions at the intersections of feminism, continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and social and political thought.

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Philosophers are accustomed to thinking about human existence as finite and deathbound. Anne O'Byrne focuses instead on birth as a way to make sense of being alive. Building on the work of Heidegger, Dilthey, Arendt, and Nancy, O'Byrne discusses how the world becomes ours and how meaning emerges from our relations to generations past a...

Anne O'Byrne is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:September 22, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222419

ISBN - 13:9780253222411

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Sophocles' Wisdom
2. Historicity and the Metaphysics of Existence: Heidegger
3. Generating Life, Generating Meaning: Dilthey
4. Philosophy and Action: Arendt
5. On the Threshold of Finitude: Nancy
Afterword: What Would the Clone Make of Us?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"An extraordinary book, beautifully written, well argued." -Peg Birmingham, DePaul University