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Being and Time Revised Edition
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Heidegger spent his early years in a seminary but abandoned Catholicism in 1917-1918. His interest in and ambivalence toward religion permeates "Being and Time." Heidegger was a friend of Edmund Husserl, the founder of the philosophical movement known as phenomenology. "Being and Time" is dedicated to Husserl and includes several laudatory references to him. Heidegger was Husserl's assistant at Freiburg, but he wrote "Being and Time" when he had assumed a position at Marburg. He became Heidegger's successor at Freiburg upon Husserl's retirement in 1928. Before writing "Being and Time", Heidegger was regarded as a brilliant scholar and a charismatic teacher. But he had published little. "Being and Time" made him famous, virtually a celebrity, an accomplishment rare for a philosopher. Heidegger remained in the public eye through what became a notorious life through his political involvement with Nazism, and through a long life after WW II in which he did not expressly repudiate his earlier politics.
Even though Heidegger turned Husserl on his head, the phenomenological influence in "Being and Time" is pervasive.Read more ›
If you want to understand Heidegger, you (happily) need to read a much shorter piece -- namely, chapter 1 only of _An Introduction to Metaphysics_. It's all right there. After you get through that tight little essay, you will understand the important things about who Heidegger was, what he was doing, and where he was going with it, intellectually speaking. Then you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to continue, one that is based on your own opinion, rather than the (many and strong) opinions of others.
Heidegger is a highly controversial figure. Even his fiercest critics, however, acknowledge that his importance in philosophy is huge. (I am speaking of those critics of some stature, and disregarding the childrens' prattle found here.)
Heidegger is important because he found a gaping and defining hole in every philosophical argument from Plato to the 20th century. Nietzsche had looked for it, and had suspected that something was there, something huge, but Heidegger nailed it once and for all. He deserves credit for this, and if you want to know what the hole was, see the citation above.
It is what *else* Heidegger did that is the source of so much of the controversy and all of the criticism. Having produced a critique that laid the philosophical tradition of the west essentially to waste, he was vexed with the difficult problem of what to do next.
He made some initial, obscure, vague, and frustratingly tentative attempts to construct something in its place. _Being and Time_ is the prime example of that effort. It was an openly acknowledged failure.Read more ›
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I have never managed to hack my way through Heidegger’s BEING AND TIME. In an exchange with a Heidegger enthusiast in a book discussion thread, I allowed as how I am not a... Read morePublished 22 days ago by A Listener
Well worth the time even though my Dasein is one step closer to the grave.Published 23 days ago by Trust fund squanderer
This is a wonderful book, and a step forward in existential philosophyPublished 26 days ago by Matthew Saunders
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This is one of the most notable works of philosophy of the 20th century. My lack of doctorate, yet alone a bachelors degree leave me ultimately unable to leave review this book as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Connor Webb
An incredibly difficult read, but well worth the effort. You have to work to learn Heidegger's language, but once you get the hang of it you can follow this masterpiece of Western... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Cohen
Bought this for a friend--Suggested the MacQuerie/Robinson translation from the 1962 print from Harper & Row.Published 6 months ago by George
Being and time is truly a remarkable work of philosophical insight. It asks the fundamental question of what being is and completely radicalizes philosophy itself for our modern... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vance
Where to begin? Martin Heidegger, for starters, is a profoundly original and powerful thinker, and "Being and Time" is rightfully considered one of the philosophic... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clay Kallam