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Heidegger's phenomenological concept of violence

Remus Breazu (National University of Arts Bucharest)

pp. 517


This article accounts for Heidegger’s phenomenological concept of violence from the period of Being and Time. Violence is relevant for Heidegger in two different contexts: (i) methodological, where we speak of hermeneutic violence, and (ii) thematic, where we should speak of existential violence. The former is grounded in the latter. In the first part of the article, I analyze hermeneutic violence, showing that this concept is ambiguous, and one has to distinguish between two different meanings of it. In the second part of the article, I show that at the core of the original sense lies the existential violence of bursting out of senselessness. In the final part, I contextualize Heidegger’s concept in light of the contemporary phenomenological developments of the phenomenon of violence, showing that existential violence is constitutive and has the peculiar character of being at the same time sense-destroying and sense-making.

Publication details

Published in:

(2022) The Southern Journal of Philosophy 60 (4).

Pages: 517

ISBN (digital): 20416962

Full citation:

Breazu Remus (2022) „Heidegger's phenomenological concept of violence“. The Southern Journal of Philosophy 60 (4), 517.