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Physis's health and Dasein's health according to Heidegger

In his study about the meaning of the Aristotle's concept of physis, Heidegger seems to espouse the idea that human physical body keeps inside itself a spontaneous power of healing, that responds to the well-known notion of natura medicatrix. However, at the Zollikon seminars, he made clear that health and disease are nothing else than modes of Dasein's existential ways of being-in-the-world. Thus the body, its physiology and pathology are always submitted to the sway of the unfolding essence of Dasein; man never is nature as thinks the Cartesian ontology. This article carries through a confrontation between these two Heidegger's approaches to health. It also shows the consequences of three determinations of health in Heidegger's thought that are coherent with his fundamental ontology: a) disease is a an ontological privation; b) health is a potentiality of the being of Dasein in its unfolding essence; c) stress and disease relate to the hermeneutical circle of addresses and answers that Dasein upholds in its essential bond to the world.

Heidegger; health and nature; analytics of Dasein; phenomenology of health; philosophy of health

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