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The Principle of Reason (Studies in Continental Thought) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0253210661 ISBN-10: 0253210666

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  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253210666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253210661
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lilly has ably translated a lecture course by Heidegger on Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason, which states that everything in the world has a rational explanation. Heidegger concentrates on placing the principle within his own complex account of the history of Being. He has little interest in the logical evaluation of the principle's validity in the style of analytic philosophy. Instead, he uses his customary method of probing the etymology of philosophical terms. Lilly pays close attention to every nuance of Heidegger's style and includes helpful discussions of key words and phrases. For admirers of Heidegger, the book is essential; for the curious, it provides a good look at how Heidegger philosophizes.
- David Gor don, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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"Starting from Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." —Choice

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"Recreates the intellectual footwork necessary for Heidegger’s leap from the terra cognita of modernity into the existential questions of the age of technology." —Michael Heim

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Savigny on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an essential series of lectures to understand the importance of science and specifically of Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason in Heidegger's later thought. It provides the basis for any inquiry into technology which, in Heidegger's thought, is the latest development of scientific metaphysics. It is also the basis for recent studies of law like Roger Berkowitz's The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2002
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a pretty good exploration of heidegger's later thought, and it doesn't quite come from out of left field like "contributions"... a lot of the groundwork for this piece was laid previously but is a fairly concise statement on the grounding nature of reason, and his exegesis along the path on which the thinking of reason as a question of being brings together some elements not explicitly brought into play in the same space prior to this lecture series.
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0 of 21 people found the following review helpful By yangpu6 on April 15, 2007
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I have purchased and read this book. In my opinion the very title was relished!: Why must there always be a reason for something? and on/in what grounds does the principle of reason lie? Indeed for anything whatsoever? "Why the why?" Cool subject for me! My 4 year old copy is dog-eared and scribbled on. Those who have purchased this book surely will agree when I say that there are a great many gleanings to be had from this digestible and erudite work. A very satisifying book.
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