The Personalist Project

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Katie van Schaijik

#1, Dec 1, 2012 11:25pm

Travis, this is great.  We need to get the member feed moving again.  

Our son, Nick, is a freshman at UD.  Our daughter and son-in-law graduated from there in in 2011.

I wish I knew Heidegger well enough to answer your questions intelligently.

Do you find he stresses self-possession or belonging-to-oneself and incommunicability as Crosby does?  

Wojtyla writes of the "interior terrain" of subjectivity, which seems to me to be aiming at the same mystery.

Jules van Schaijik

#2, Dec 4, 2012 1:25pm


I also don't know Heidegger well enough to make a sensible comment. But here is a good article by Damian Fedoryka that is very relevant to your questions. I will try to re-read it myself soon and would love to discuss it further.

James Barclay

#3, Sep 15, 2013 3:08pm

Thanks, Travis.  We don't often think of Martin Heidegger in terms of Personalism.  His unrepentent association with Hitler causes some to discount him.  Also his rejection of the line of the philosophers from Plato onward makes those who haven't read him shake their heads. but I agree that we should include him as Dr. Fedoryka does.  I see Heidegger simply wanting mankind to be authentic and stop letting others dictate what is and what isn't truly authentic.  and he didn't want nay ivory tower stuff to get in the way.  He wanted us to be and act "real" with a clear mind and recognizing our own will.  I came across him studying Edmund Husserl.  Thanks, Travis, I have read that article by Fedoryka and will go over it, again.  Jules, I'm going to read Crosby.  "Selfhood" sounds like a 'gotta read'.  I'm a quick read, so lay it on me, friends.

Sam Roeble

#4, Dec 30, 2013 9:54am

Hello all,

I'm glad to have found this post, as it corresponds with what I wrote on Stein and Heidegger with the help of Cragi J.N. DePaulo's Being and Conversion.  In light of that book, I believe that Heidegger can be read from a personalist perspective.  But without that book, I agree with Stein's quote above (do you have exact reference?) that "Cogito ergo sum" does not exactly capture the essence of a person.  Dasein, or essence as existence is reserved for God alone.

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