The Kierkegaardian and Heideggerian Anxiety: on To Be and Being
Keywords:Kierkegaard; Heidegger; Anxiety.
The terminology of anxiety is included in both Kierkegaard’s and Heidegger’s analysis on human existence, and in both cases, it takes place when a man realizes his responsibility for his own being. Yet Kierkegaard introduces anxiety in constructing individuals’ lonely journey towards god, Heidegger mainly sees anxiety as a critical point in Dasein’s reaching a structural wholeness. In this essay, I will respectively illustrate Kierkegaard’s and Heidegger’s accounts on anxiety, including anxiety’s subjects, the occurrence of anxiety, and the solution to anxiety; then, I will analyze the differences between the two seemingly-similar views on anxiety by incorporating the two views into the philosophers’ core philosophies, and finally lead to the conclusion that while Kierkegaard noticed anxiety in a ‘to be question’, Heidegger points to anxiety to solve the ‘being question’.
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