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In Naturalizing Heidegger, David E. Storey proposes a new interpretation of Heidegger's importance for environmental philosophy, finding in the development of his thought from the early 1920s to his later work in the 1940s the groundwork for a naturalistic ontology of life. Primarily drawing on Heidegger's engagement with Nietzsche, but also on his readings of Aristotle and the biologist Jakob von Uexküll, Storey focuses on his critique of the nihilism at the heart of modernity, and his conception of the intentionality of organisms and their relation to their environments. From these ideas, a vision of nature emerges that recognizes the intrinsic value of all living things and their kinship with one another, and which anticipates later approaches in the philosophy of nature, such as Hans Jonas's phenomenology of life and Evan Thompson's contemporary attempt to naturalize phenomenology.
1. The Traditional Reading of Heidegger’s Relevance for Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
2. The Question concerning Biology: Life, Soul, and Nature in Heidegger’s Early Aristotle Lecture Courses
3. Life and Nature in Being and Time
4. Back to Life: Organism, Animal, and Umwelt in Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics
5. Nature in the Later Heidegger: Earth, Physis, Technology, Machination, and Poetic Dwelling
6. Nature and Nihilism: Heidegger’s Confrontation with Nietzsche
7. Naturalizing Nietzsche: Life, Evolution, and Value
8. Engaging Environmental Ethics
David E. Storey is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Philosophy at Boston College.