Nancy J. Holland turns to the thought of Martin Heidegger to help understand an age-old philosophical question: Is there a split between the body and the mind? Arguing against philosophical positions that define human consciousness as an overarching phenomenon or reduce it to the brain or physicality, Holland contends that consciousness is relational and it is this relationship that allows us to inhabit and negotiate in the world. Holland forwards a complex and nuanced reading of Heidegger as she focuses on consciousness, being, and what might constitute the animal or, more broadly, other-than-human world. Holland engages with the depth and breadth of Heidegger’s work as she opens space for a discussion about the uniqueness of human consciousness.
Introduction: Heidegger, Nature, and Consciousness
1. The Problem of Consciousness
2. The Earliest Vision
3. The Essence of Truth
4. The Later Heidegger
5. "Something Non-Material. . .But Also Not Unmaterial"
Conclusion: “Ψυχή [is] Not a Soul but the Unmediated Discovery of Being"
Epilogue: Charlemagne’s Monogram
A nuanced and convincing reading of Heidegger on the question of the mind-body duality.
Leonard Lawlor, author of Early Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
Holland is to be praised for writing such a clear, readable, and important work on such a difficult issue. . . . Essential.