Time and the Shared World

Cloth Text – $99.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2903-0

Paper Text – $34.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2902-3
Publication Date
July 2013
Page Count
320 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Time and the Shared World

Heidegger on Social Relations
Irene McMullin

Time and the Shared World challenges the common view that Heidegger offers few resources for understanding humanity’s social nature. The book demonstrates that Heidegger’s reformulation of traditional notions of subjectivity has wide-ranging implications for understanding the nature of human relationships. Irene McMullin shows that, contrary to entrenched critiques, Heidegger’s characterization of selfhood as fundamentally social presupposes the responsive acknowledgment of each person’s particularity and otherness.

In doing so, McMullin argues that Heidegger’s work on the social nature of the self must be located within a philosophical continuum that builds on Kant and Husserl’s work regarding the nature of the a priori and the fundamental structures of human temporality, while also pointing forward to developments of these themes to be found in Heidegger’s later work and in such thinkers as Sartre and Levinas. By developing unrecognized resources in Heidegger’s work, Time and the Shared World is able to provide a Heidegger-inspired account of respect and the intersubjective origins of normativity.

About the Author

IRENE McMULLLIN is a senior lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.


"Irene McMullin ably defends Heidegger's  account [of the human] both by addressing criticisms directly and by providing a detailed and nuanced reading of Heidegger on social relations." —The Review of Metaphysics