Buben claims that both Heidegger and Kierkegaard encourage the cultivation of the fear of death in opposition to the Epicureans, who want us to reject death and the fear of death as a nullity. However, Kierkegaard himself can be seen as someone who overtly rejects the objective fear of death just like the Epicureans in favour of radically different subjective fear of death. In Heidegger, there is an explicit distinction between anxiety and fear (which Buben notes is also found in Kierkegaard) and the experience of anxiety entails a rejection of the fear of death.
Monday, May 15, 2017
In NDPR, Arun Iyer reviews Adam Buben's Meaning and Mortality in Kierkegaard and Heidegger: Origins of the Existential Philosophy of Death.