Human Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 23–39 | Cite as

Re-Thinking the Human: Heidegger, Fundamental Ontology, and Humanism

  • Gavin Rae
Research Paper


This essay engages with Heidegger’s attempt to re-think the human being. It shows that Heidegger re-thinks the human being by challenging the way the human being has been thought, and the mode of thinking traditionally used to think about the human being. I spend significant time discussing Heidegger’s attempt before, in the final section, asking some critical questions of Heidegger’s endeavour and pointing out how his analysis can re-invigorate contemporary attempts to understand the human being.


Heidegger Humanism Being The human being Ontology Metaphysics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WarwickCoventryEngland, UK

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