Human Life Is Radical Reality

An Idea Developed from the Conceptions of Dilthey, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset

by Howard N. Tuttle (Author)
©2005 Monographs X, 200 Pages


The twenty-first century needs a new paradigm for philosophy, because both Anglo-American and Continental philosophy have ended in analytic sterility and deconstructive nihilism. They have ignored the radical reality of human life, which all other realities must presuppose. Three European philosophers in the twentieth century – Dilthey, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset – began to develop this idea, but never before has it been systematically conceptualized and adequately expounded. With reference to the works of these philosophers, this book examines the major categories and essential properties of human life as it is lived, for example, in time, circumstance, history, and understanding.


X, 200
ISBN (Hardcover)
Ortega y Gasset, José Leben Philosophie Dilthey, Wilhelm Heidegger, Martin Ortega y Gasset Historicity Social Dimension Human Life Martin Heidegger Wilhelm Dilthey
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. X, 200 pp.

Biographical notes

Howard N. Tuttle (Author)

The Author: Howard N. Tuttle is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He received advanced degrees from Harvard University and the University of Vienna, and a Ph.D. in the history of philosophy from Brandeis University. He is the author of Wilhelm Dilthey’s Philosophy of Historical Understanding: A Critical Analysis (1969); The Dawn of Historical Reason: The Historicality of Human Existence in the Thought of Dilthey, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset (Peter Lang, 1994); The Crowd Is Untruth: The Existential Critique of Mass Society in the Thought of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset (Peter Lang, 1996); and Fire Night: A Story of Pompeii, 79 A.D (1978).


Title: Human Life Is Radical Reality