I would like to know if there are some references in which heidegger treats the word life. What does Heidegger say about life, and where?

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    Isn't Heidegger's whole book "Being and Time" with its core concept of "Dasein" about human life?
    – Jo Wehler
    Feb 28, 2016 at 6:39
  • The question is not for human life, it is for the word life.
    – Matc
    Feb 28, 2016 at 12:40
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    Your question is pretty general. Heidegger's idiosyncratic terminology doesn't employ "life" in any significant way, as far as I know, though he may have picked up lebenswelt from Husserl. Perhaps you could word-search a PDF or online version of SZ. Evidently he discusses biology in 1929-30 lectures, disputing Darwin, teleology, and the whole idea of mechanistic "sciences of life." Perhaps you would do better to search for references to "animals" within the schema of beings. Feb 28, 2016 at 19:32
  • There is lebenswelt (life-world), but this is Husserlian; Heidegger was a student of Husserl, so there may be a connection there. Feb 29, 2016 at 11:48

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Heidegger uses the word Life (Leben) all over the place (it appears at least once in every volume of the GA), as do most of us, but the word itself doesn't appear to have a special place in his terminology. In places he refers to other philosophers' use of the word (Aristotle, Hegel). He looks at some related etymology; e.g., Er-Leben.

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