[SydPhil] Seminar (Reminder): Bernardo Ainbinder, Ways of Being and Form of Life, 28 March 2018

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Philosophy @ Western Sydney – Seminar

Bernardo Ainbinder  (Diego Portales University, Chile)—“Ways of Being and Form of Life”

The precise meaning of the expression "way of being" in Heidegger has raised an interesting discussion (McDaniel 2009, 2012, Boeneker 2005, Hartmann 1972, Golob 2014, Dos Reis 2015). The Ways-of-Being (WOB) debate is mainly focused on two questions: (1) Is the distinction between modes of being a metaphysical distinction, so that everything that has a way of being is numerically different from everything that has another? And (2) does the question about ways of being coincide with the question about the way in which the entity is apprehended or conceptualized?
In this presentation, I will approach these two questions by focusing on Heidegger’s discussion of Life as a mode of being in 1929/30 Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik. I will do so by taking a somewhat heterodox path and bringing into the picture two important distinctions to be drawn from the literature on generality that  - if not strictly Heideggerian - will prove to be extremely illuminating: the difference between accidental and categorial generality (Ford 2011) and the idea of life and forms of life as a specific (Fregean) form of thought different from objects and concepts (Thompson 2007). I will claim that Heidegger (at least partly) draws his attention to organic life because it exhibits paradigmatically the impossibility of thinking of ways of being as genera in the usual sense (question 1 in the WOB debate) and because it shows the intrinsic connection between mode of apprehension and mode of being (question 2 in the WOB debate).

Bernardo Ainbinder is Lecturer at the Institute for Humanities, Diego Portales University, Chile, since 2015. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong and the President of the Iberoamerican Heidegger Society (SIEH). He was previously Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research (Conicet), Argentina, and Visiting Researcher (2012-2014) at the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research interests are Neokantianism and Phenomenology and their import for contemporary discussions in philosophy of mind and philosophy of action.

Date/Time: Wednesday 28 March 2018, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm – All Welcome
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