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Toward the Definition of Philosophy (Landcare Research Science Series,) (v. 56-57) Hardcover – December, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0485115086 ISBN-10: 0485115085

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Product Details

  • Series: Landcare Research Science Series, (Book 56)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Athlone Press (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0485115085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0485115086
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,182,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of these lecture courses for an understanding of the development of Heidegger's thinking; yet in the very act of illuminating this development, they also throw new light on many of the most fundamental ideas figuring in 'Being and Time' itself. This book will be essential reading for anyone looking for the argumentation behind Heidegger's unique conception of human existence."—Ian Lyne, University of Durham --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gyre Andrew Gimble on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
The previous reviewer is correct that these lectures come from 1919, not 1918.

This course is Heidegger's breakthrough moment. The famous tool-analysis is first found here, not in Being and Time or History of the Concept of Time, as even some leading scholars (such as Rudolf Bernet) perpetually overlook.

The previous reviewer summarizes the details nicely, so I'll just add that the reader will be surprised at just how Heideggerian the young Heidegger already is in 1919. The early thesis work (one on the doctrine of judgment in psychologism, the other on Dun Scotus) still seems like student work, but this one reads like the Heidegger we know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony See on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a must a read for any serious student of Heidegger because it introduces one to Heidegger's early reflections during the War Semester in 1919 on the nature of what philosophy is and is-not - a fundamental and absolute line that Heidegger draws between his own methods and the other Hegelian-Marxist methods.

As such, it also provides invaluable insights into the "way" that is already implicit in his monumental Being and Time. It is not too far to say that Being and Time in many ways presuppose or even extend the arguments that are already found in Definition of Philosophy.

This also provides a good way to approach his ideas about the nature of the university and academic study. The university is an institution designed for the transformation of human experience, instead of merely a factory for producing robots for the techno-capitalist industry or a diploma mill where signs are churned out for symbolic exchange. Hence, anyone interested in Heidegger and the transformation of university education should take this little book seriously.
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