Title page for ETD etd-04242012-092033


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bounds, Graham Charles
Author's Email Address gbound1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-04242012-092033
Title The Return to the World: Précis of a Defense of Heideggerian Realism
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Philosophy & Religious Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cogburn, Jon Committee Chair
Protevi, John Committee Member
Raffoul, Francois Committee Member
Keywords
  • Heidegger
  • realism
Date of Defense 2012-04-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
I defend Martin Heidegger’s philosophy from Lee Braver’s contention that it espouses or entails anti-realism, and instead contend that it strongly supports a robust realism. Realism is, in essence, the metaphysical position which states that human beings are aware—or are capable of being aware—of entities that exist independently of us. The counter-position, anti-realism, sometimes equated with idealism, holds that this is not the case. Braver breaks down these simplistic definitions into several more technical propositions, or “matrices,” and attempts to show how Heidegger rejects the realism matrices in favor of their anti-realist counterparts. I will likewise examine the matrices, arguing that Heidegger rejects all but one of them, but that, contrary to the tradition, none of these are essential components of a realist position. Furthermore, I argue that in rejecting these matrices, Heidegger is able to construct a philosophical theory that embraces the most important matrix, and therefore the essence of realism itself, in a novel way.
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