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The Relevance of an Existential Conception of Nature

Mei, Todd (2014) The Relevance of an Existential Conception of Nature. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 10 (2). pp. 138-157. ISSN 1832-9101.


It is often assumed that science provides the most accurate knowledge about nature. This view not only collapses distinctions between different forms of knowing but also results in a paradox whereby understanding what it means to exist in the world is dictated by practioners of science. In this essay I argue for the relevance of an existential conception of nature via the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, and how his notions of thrownness and phusis enable us to recognize a certain ethical bond to nature. I conclude with a critical analysis of liability insurance and actuarial science to demonstrate my points.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Nature, existentialism, Heidegger, thrownness, phusis, Collingwood, insurance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Todd Mei
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 14:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:21 UTC
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