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An Existential Understanding of Death: A Phenomenology of Ontological Anxiety James Leonard Park

An Existential Understanding of Death: A Phenomenology of Ontological Anxiety

James Leonard Park

Published April 1st 1995
ISBN : 9780892319091
Paperback
72 pages
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 About the Book 

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 DEATH1. intellectual construct.2. empirical fact.3. observable occurrence.4. finitude.5. objective-external.6. abstract-general.7. unowned.THE FEAR OF CEASING-TO-BE1. emotional response.2. arises from empirical fact.3. personal apprehension.4. awareness of my finitude.5. subjective-deep.6. specific-personal.7. owned.ONTOLOGICAL ANXIETY1. inner state-of-being2. 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.