Origins and Hidden Motives of Fundamental Ontology

Keywords: Fundamental Ontology, Heidegger, Primal Experience, Authentic Life, Authentic Interpretation, Authentic Tradition.


The article investigates theoretical origins and hidden motives of the fundamental ontology of Martin Heidegger. Basic texts for the analysis are Heidegger’s courses of lectures dated by the beginning of 1920th: «Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion» and «Augustine and Neo-Platonism». The author attempts to show that such concepts of Heidegger’s philosophy as «primal experience», «authentic being», «authentic life», «authentic interpretation» and «authentic tradition», can't be brightened and proved within the project of fundamental ontology and are internally inconsistent. The main point of the article is that fundamental ontology starts with premises that are not sufficiently clarified, so that the project contains insoluble aporias.

Author Biography

Andrii Baumeister, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
PhD in philosophy, doctoral candidate at the Philosophy Department


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How to Cite
Baumeister, A. (2012). Origins and Hidden Motives of Fundamental Ontology. Sententiae, 27(2), 46-59.