College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Heidegger & Mereology

Date: March 14, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: B-L-110 MAK

Heidegger & Mereology

Tyler Klaskow (GVSU Philosophy)

Philosophy Colloquium.  All are welcome.

Mackinac Hall BL-L110 at 3:00PM

Abstract: Heidegger’s Being and Time if often taken to lack logical rigor. I think readers make this mistake because they are looking for the wrong kind of logic. I will argue that a logic of wholes and parts––a mereology––is operative in Being and Time. Because of this, Heidegger’s analyses do possess a logical gravitas. To make the case, I will show that Heidegger adopts Husserl’s logic of wholes and parts.  This becomes evident when we see that the concept of equiprimordiality [Gleichursprünglichkeit] is a mereological concept. This concept––which is fundamental to Heidegger’s ontology of Dasein––describes the way in which Dasein’s constitutive features relate to each other and to the whole of which they are constitutive. To show that it is a mereological concept I will examine some of Heidegger’s more opaque claims regarding the equiprimordial relationship and explain them in light of Husserl’s logic.