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Basic Questions of Philosophy: Selected "Problems" of "Logic" (Studies in Continental Thought) Hardcover – June 22, 1994

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The concept of truth plays a vital role in Heidegger's thought, and Basic Questions, a lecture course that Heidegger gave in 1937-38, offers a helpful elucidation of truth as he sees it. Frequently, philosophers think of truth as statements that match reality: "the lights are on in the lecture hall" is true if the lights are in fact on there. For Heidegger, this seeming commonplace is absurd. Truth in his view is the openness or unconcealment of being, a position that he traces to the pre-Socratics. He deploys his immense learning to trace the eclipse of the pre-Socratic notion throughout the history of philosophy by the doctrine of truth as correspondence. This excellent translation will be of great value to students of Heidegger's thought.
David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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"Well suited to the task of beckoning the novice onto the path of Heidegger’s most arduous thought.... a useful introduction to the thought of one of our most original thinkers." ―International Studies in Philosophy

"A helpful elucidation of the truth as [Heidegger] sees it.... This excellent translation will be of great value to students of Heidegger’s thought." ―Library Journal


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  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253326850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253326850
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Born in southern Germany, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Marburg. His published works include: Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics (1929); An Introduction to Metaphysics (1935); Discourse on Thinking (1959); On the Way to Language (1959); Poetry, Language, Thought (1971). His best-known work is Being and Time (1927).

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Heidegger gave this lecture course in the Winter semester 1937-1938 while he was finishing his second masterpiece, Contributions to Philosophy. It elaborates many of the themes of that difficult work in a more lucid style. (Unfortunately not all of the themes of Contributions are elaborated here, e.g. "the last god" is noticeably absent.) Herrmann, the editor of the German edition of both volumes, recommends it as the best introduction to Contributions. However, even if one is not interested in that other work, this lecture course is an excellent (also clear, concise) example of the later Heidegger.

About the translation--although no translation is perfect and Heidegger's German presents many difficulties, the translators do an admirable job. One criticism however: they do not distinguish "Sein" from Heidegger's other spelling "Seyn" in their translation, choosing to translate both by the generic "Being." (Other translators will distinguish the two as Be-ing/Being or Beyng/Being.)
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