Dumas and Heidegger on Death to Come

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The aim of this paper is to provide a reflection on the relationship of images and words through the painting of Marlene Dumas, specifically her well-known painting, “Measuring Your Own Grave.” I discuss how Dumas’ painting calls forth the Heideggerian existential notion of being-towards-death that is connected to the possibility of becoming responsible for our own choices. In addition, following Guignon, I discuss the “existential meaning” of Dumas’ work and thus the sense in which it discloses our mortality as well as our connection to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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