Mason Tattersall is an historian of European Intellectual History and the History and Philosophy of Science who primarily deals with the structural dynamics of systems of understanding and the history of questions of relational and transcendent meaning. Other areas of interest include: the history of philosophy, particularly the thought of Martin Heidegger; issues of authenticity, meaning, belief, and the history of nihilism; the existentialist tradition, especially Heidegger, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche; historiography and historical thinking; the history of scientific thought, art, literature, expressionism, and visual culture (especially film).

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PHD Dissertation:

Meaning in Physics and Philosophy: Ground, Necessity, and Contingency in Heidegger and Bohr

Master’s Thesis:

“The Concept of Authenticity in Heidegger’s Being and Time: Thoughts and Revisions on a Critical Theme,” (Vancouver: The University of British Columbia, 2007). [Link]

Undergraduate Honours Thesis:

“Encountering Historiography: The Possibility of a Heidegger-Friendly Historiography”


Some Other Significant Work:

“Faust’s Dog, From Reflection to Despair: Kierkegaard’s Notion of Faust and the Chimera of Meaning”

“The Question of 1933: Heidegger, Truth, Science, and Modernity”

“The Magic of the Movies: Walter Benjamin, Hugo Muensterberg, and the Metaphysics of Film Technology”

“Movie Projectors and Machine Guns: Rapid-Fire Art Education and the Essence of the Modern”

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