The Relation Between Transcendental Philosophy and Empirical Science in Heidegger's Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics


  • Michael Lewis Sussex


Heidegger, nature, transcendental, empirical, poetry


We propose to demonstrate that Heidegger's Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics attempts to think the unthought unity of ontology and theology, or metaphysics, by staging a confrontation between transcendental philosophy and empirical science. Since this topic is a central concern of contemporary continental philosophy, this way of reading Heidegger's text may prove important for the light it sheds on the deconstruction of this opposition. Heidegger's own unique way of understanding the relation between philosophy and science involves philosophy in a relation with poetry, and science in a relation with theology.



Author Biography

Michael Lewis, Sussex

Michael Lewis has taught Philosophy at the Universities of Warwick, Sussex, and the University of the West of England and is currently a Research Associate of the Sussex Centre for Rights and Justice, University of Sussex.

He is the author of Heidegger and the Place of Ethics, Heidegger Beyond Deconstruction, Derrida and Lacan: Another Writing, and (with Tanja Staehler), Phenomenology: An Introduction.

He is currently working on Giorgio Agamben's thought, and a text on animal life and beauty in Kant and Hegel, among others.




How to Cite

Lewis, M. (2017). The Relation Between Transcendental Philosophy and Empirical Science in Heidegger’s Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 13(1), 47–72. Retrieved from