Human Studies 29 (2):181-202 (2006)

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This paper explores the meaning of dreamless sleep. First, I consider four reasons why we commonly pass over sleep's ontological significance. Second, I compare and contrast death and sleep to show how each is oriented to questions regarding the possibilities of "being-a-whole." In the third and final part, I explore the meaning and implications of "being-toward-sleep," arguing that human existence emerges atop naturally anonymous corporeality (i.e. living being). In sum, I try to show that we can recover an authentic — if somewhat ambiguous — sense of "being-a-whole" only by recognizing the ontological significance of dreamless sleep
Keywords Sleep  death  ``being-a-whole''  authenticity  ontology  existence
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DOI 10.1007/s10746-006-9018-5
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