Heidegger’s antinatalist omission and parent-forgottenness

While it is understandable that Voltaire didn’t experience an antinatalist breakthrough, the same doesn’t go for Heidegger (1889-1976) in his Time and Being. Heidegger famously speaks of our thrownness. Thrownness in itself is a gnostic term with many points of contact to antinatalism (cf. Hans Jonas: Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God). A less known feature of Heideggers analysis of being is his talking of the “Burden of being” [Lastcharakter des Daseins]: Man experiences that he exists and that he has to exist. Strangely enough Heidegger doesn’t argue that each and every human being exists at the instigation of her parents. Heidegger himself seems to suffer from Elternvergessenheit [if you like: parent-forgottenness]. Not fate but parents are responsible for the burden of being.

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