Two Metaphysicians: D.H. Lawrence and Martin Heidegger Compared

15 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2009

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Colin D. Pearce

Clemson University - College of Business and Behavioral Science

Date Written: April 3, 2009

Abstract

This paper will proceed from the assumption of scholars like Anne Fernihough, Peter Fjagsund, Michael Black, and Michael Bell that there are sufficient connecting links between the literary oeuvre of D.H. Lawrence and the philosophizing of Martin Heidegger that they warrant consideration in each other's company. The paper will attempt to provide more evidence for what these scholars have been contending. It seeks to make the case that although D.H. Lawrence and Martin Heidegger start from very different beginning points, the one literary, the other epistemological (so to speak), they arrive at surprisingly similar conclusions about the deficiencies in the specifically modern way of viewing human existence and the world. The paper isolates certain of Lawrence and Heidegger's key passages relevant to the themes of science, humanism, art and death and reveals them as looking at these fundamental issues from a remarkably similar standpoint. These two metaphysicians were groping for the right path forward from the intellectual and social crises of the twentieth century and the evidence suggests they saw it as lying in the same direction.

Keywords: D.H.Lawrence, Martin Heidegger, Metaphysics, Humanism, Science, Art, Death, Resoluteness, Technology

JEL Classification: 030, Z0, Z12, Z19

Suggested Citation

Pearce, Colin D., Two Metaphysicians: D.H. Lawrence and Martin Heidegger Compared (April 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372835 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1372835

Colin D. Pearce (Contact Author)

Clemson University - College of Business and Behavioral Science ( email )

Clemson, SC 29631
United States

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