Ignatius Nnaemeka Onwuatuegwu (PhD), Evaristus Chimaobi Mmadudiri


The major preoccupation of this research will be on Martin Heidegger’s analysis of Fallenness especially on the view that it is one of the ontological structures of Dasein, essential to it as a Being-in and a Being-with and again, on the view that it constitutes Dasein’s lost of itself and absorption into the world of its concern. This will be followed with a philosophical investigation of how this analysis, particularly Heidegger’s characteristics of Fallenness,  addresses the issue of neo-paganism among the youths owing to the fact that neo-paganism (as a form of religion) constitutes the world of Dasein/human person. By ‘world’, Heidegger means those structures of life where Dasein’s being is actualized and authenticated. Besides religion, others include art, language, politics, et cetera. Applying this light of vision in the researchers' investigation into the high rate of departure into neo-Paganism by our youths with the Contemporary Igbo Society as a case study, this study is faced with the problems of handling the seeming contradiction in Heidegger’s analysis of Fallenness as not expressing any negative evaluation and at the same time, possessing mostly, the character of Being-lost; addressing the issue of neo-paganism among the younger generation of today with Heidegger’s analysis of Fallenness; and identifying the causes of this development. For this reason, in exposing Heidegger’s claims and investigating into the belief-system of neo-Paganism, this work adopts the analytic method and then, the critical approach of philosophy. In its unbiased findings, this work submits that a cursory look at the recent exodus into neo-Paganism reveals a fact that is far removed from the ontological purpose of realizing one’s being. Thus, as against this, it recommends our-evaluation of the choices we make – even the choice of religion – in our quest for self-actualization and authenticity.


Philosophical Investigation, Neo-Paganism, Fallenness , Martin Heidegger, Igbo Society

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