An Existential Understanding of Death: A Phenomenology of Ontological Anxiety

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9780892319091: An Existential Understanding of Death: A Phenomenology of Ontological Anxiety

After discussing 8 common ways in which we deny, evade, cover-up, and repress the deeper dimensions of death, this book---drawing on insights provided by Martin Heidegger--- creates the new concept "ontological anxiety", which differs both from the physical-biological-medical fact of death and from our emotional-subjective-personal fear of ceasing-to-be. This existential-phenomenological approach requires a paradigm shift in our thinking about death, but this new model may make better sense of what we are already deeply feeling.

The first three sections of this book explore and distinguish the following three dimensions of death: Each dimension of death may be described in 7 corresponding features:

THE FACT OF DEATH

1. intellectual construct.

2. empirical fact.

3. observable occurrence.

4. finitude.

5. objective-external.

6. abstract-general.

7. unowned.

THE FEAR OF CEASING-TO-BE

1. emotional response.

2. arises from empirical fact.

3. personal apprehension.

4. awareness of my finitude.

5. subjective-deep.

6. specific-personal.

7. owned.

ONTOLOGICAL ANXIETY

1. inner state-of-being

2. arises from my internal 'nothing'.

3. existential disclosure.

4. constant internal threat.

5. arises from the core of my self.

6. more mine than my death.

7. lays claim to my self.

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From the Publisher:

This book is also published as the longest chapter of Our Existential Predicament: Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, & Death, which is James Park's longest book. So if you plan to buy Our Existential Predicament, there is no need to buy An Existential Understanding of Death.

The author regards this as his best book, but it is also the most difficult to understand. Persons unfamiliar with existential and phenomenological thinking are urged to start with one of the easier chapters of Our Existential Predicament: Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, & Death.

This edition is in large format paperback: 8.5 X 11 inches. But the pagination remains the same as the first edition.

From the Author:

An Existential Understanding of Death is my most difficult book. If you are not familiar with existential and phenomenological thinking, we are urged to start with one of the easier chapters of Our Existential Predicament: Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, & Death.

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