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J. Hillis Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263103

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263103.001.0001

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Theories of Community

Theories of Community

Williams, Heidegger, and Others

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(p.1) 1 Theories of Community
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Communities in Fiction
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J. Hillis Miller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263103.003.0001

Raymond Williams, in The Country and the City, presents a picture of a vital community as rural and classless. He assumes that an individual is his social placement. Williams also assumes that the warmth and mutuality of a true community depends on my complete knowledge of my neighbor. For Martin Heidegger, in Being and Time and elsewhere, Mitsein, or “being together,” is a primordial feature of Dasein or human “being there.” Nevertheless, for Heidegger, authenticity means taking possession, in solitude, of one’s own Dasein, rather than living in submission to das Man, “the they.” Heidegger’s valuation is exactly the reverse of Williams’s. The readings in this book will be made in the light of this stark contrast. This book asks whether these examples support either Williams or Heidegger, or neither, or both?

Keywords:   Raymond Williams, Martin Heidegger, Authenticity, Mutuality

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