Philosophers are accustomed to thinking about human existence as finite and deathbound. Anne O'Byrne focuses instead on birth as a way to make sense of being alive. Building on the work of Heidegger, Dilthey, Arendt, and Nancy, O'Byrne discusses how the world becomes ours and how meaning emerges from our relations to generations past and to come. Themes such as creation, time, inheritance, birth and action, embodiment, biological determinism, and cloning anchor this sensitive and powerful analysis. O'Byrne's thinking advances and deepens important discussions at the intersections of feminism, continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and social and political thought.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 31 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
With great clarity and depth, Anne O'Byrne's new book, Natality and Finitude,explores a wide variety of themes, including birth, life, death, temporality, history,embodiment and reproduction. While O'Byrne never loses sight of the importanceof identifying and exploring these themes as they occur throughout the Westernphilosophical tradition, her arguments are guided by the recent work on natality andfinitude by Martin Heidegger, Wilhelm Dilthey, Hannah Arendt, and Jean-LucNancy. * Continental Philosophy Review *
O'Byrne argues for a rethinking of finitude in terms of birth (or 'natality') rather than the Heideggerian motifs of being-towards-death. Natality offers a positive way to understand finitude in terms of possibilities ... RecommendedVol. 48 No. 11 August 2011 * Choice *