Can our human separateness from each other be overcome in love?
- Presented by: Alice Holzhey-Kunz
- Synopsis: Can anxiety trump love, or is it the other way around? Binswanger, the founder of Daseinsanalysis thinks it can, but not every influential philosopher agrees.
Philosophy owes to Kierkegaard the insight that we humans are fundamentally "single individuals", which is why we not only suffer from “fear” of all kind of dangers, but also from “anxiety” of our own freedom and the freedom of all other human beings. What is the relationship between anxiety and love? Is love stronger than anxiety? Can love protect us from anxiety or even conquer it? This question is answered not only by Ludwig Binswanger, a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Daseinsanalysis, but also by Jean-Paul Sartre, the most important existential philosopher of the last century. Both lived around the same time and their thinking was equally anchored in the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. We will try to understand why the two answers are nevertheless totally different.