Continental Philosophy Review 55 (1):19-33 (2022)

Mark B. Tanzer
University of Colorado at Denver
Heidegger conceives Dasein’s death as a peculiar type of negation, i.e., a negation that is not simple disappearance, and so is, in some sense, survived by Dasein. This paper argues that Heidegger’s technical terminology for this type of negation is the “deficient mode.” The ontological structure of the deficient mode is characterized by Heidegger as a mode of the “nur noch,” which is a way of just being. And to just be, in the sense that deficient modes just are, is grounded in the unique identity conditions characteristic of a being that can exist in deficient modes—its identity is an unnecessary necessity, and so its loss is a possible impossibility. Hence, the connection with Dasein’s death, which Heidegger defines as “the possibility of the absolute impossibility of Dasein.” Death is Dasein in a deficient mode. This interpretation of Heideggerian death is then used to address the debated issue concerning Heidegger’s distinction between death and demise.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11007-021-09551-y
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,290
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Basic Problems of Phenomenology.Martin Heidegger - 1982 - Indiana University Press.
The Basic Problems of Phenomenology.M. Heidegger - 1982 - In Trans Albert Hofstadter (ed.).
A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time.Michael Gelven - 1970 - Northern Illinois University Press.

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Heidegger Og den Andres Død.Vigdis Songe-Møller - 2012 - Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 47 (4):245-256.
Heidegger on Death and Being.Johannes Achill Niederhauser - 2018 - Dissertation, University of Warwick
Death: 'Nothing' Gives Insight.Eric J. Ettema - 2013 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):575-585.
Heidegger on the Absoluteness of Death.Nate Zuckerman - 2018 - New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 16.
Memento Mori as Repetition of Finitude: Death Beyond Heidegger and Levinas.Nicolae Turcan - 2021 - Diakrisis Yearbook of Theology and Philosophy 4:29-37.
Heidegger's Confusions.Paul Edwards - 2004 - Prometheus Books.
Derrida On Heidegger On Death.Lain Thomson - 1999 - Philosophy Today 43 (1):29-42.
The Perils of Overcoming “Worldliness” in Kierkegaard and Heidegger.Adam Buben - 2012 - Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 2:65-88.
Being, Man and Death: A Key to Heidegger. [REVIEW]D. C. J. - 1971 - Review of Metaphysics 24 (3):540-540.
Temporal Finitude and Finitude of Possibility: The Double Meaning of Death in Being and Time.Havi Carel - 2007 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (4):541 – 556.


Added to PP index

Total views
12 ( #812,648 of 2,518,759 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #116,897 of 2,518,759 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes