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Product Details

  • Series: Religious Perspectives
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006090528X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060905286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As near a definitive statement of Heidegger's new period as can be found." -- --Jean M. Perreault

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"For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."--Hannah Arendt

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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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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
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If you read only one philosophy book in your entire life, this is the one to read. This book is not easy. It is not easy precisely because it is so simple and straightforward. It is not an exposition of thinking, or of what we call thinking, as much as it is an extended question about the problems associated with thinking. It has a healthy respect and acknowledges the complexity of the problems associated with thinking. These problems are problems not just of thinking, but of human existence itself. It starts with the tantalizing premise that "what is most thought provoking in this thought provoking time is that we are still not thinking." It goes on to examine the relationships between human beings and what is most alive, between man and that which is Present in what lies before us. Interestingly, deliverance from revenge, our hands, and our hearts all play a vital role in thinking. Still more intriguing is the role our language plays in thought, the existence and importance of what is unthought, and the ways technology and the modern age have made us subservient beings, and have forced to us "blink" superficial ideas, as opposed to doing real thinking. He discusses these themes and topics in an engaging lecture style format, with additional summaries and transitions at the end of each chapter. This is book that must be read, not only by those interested in philosophy, religion, and spirituality, but by all those who have ever wanted to deepen their understanding of thinking. It will prove to an enduring classic of philosophy, far beyond Plato's Republic. It is a timely book, coming at a time when so little thought is occuring. It is a book that should be owned, read, re-read and passed along to every literate person in the world. As Heidegger would say: "Let us see. Let us learn thinking."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mounard le Fougueux on September 29, 2010
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I believe that this book is the best starting point for being introduced into Heidegger's thought, not "Being and Time". The reason being that this book "What is Called Thinking" was not created under academic pressure, nor is it trying to prove its associations with previous philosophers, and being last - is the most precise and clearest distillation of Heidgger's position - after a lifetime of tinkering with the basic ideas of Dasein.

This is some of Heideggers last lectures compiled into a two part book. The first part concerns itself with Nietzsche - the ideas of the "last man", the uberman (meta-man), the bridge, blinking, redemption/forgiveness, and eternal-return-of-the-same. The second part concerns itself with Parmenides' poetic clarification of usefullness and thinking as "Legein" (to lay out - the verb form of 'logos') together with "Noein" (to take to heart - the verb form of 'nouos') and their intimate interrelationship. Together they result in "Eon" - the original form of "to be".

This book was successfully used in by a "Heidegger Hermeneutic Circle" as the introductory text into Heidegger's opus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J on June 25, 2013
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I never thought I'd be reading a Martin Heidegger book and this is probably one of my favorite books. Who would I recommend this book to?...DEEP thinkers, people who tend to overthink, and overphilosophise, perhaps even those who suffer from Insomnia and can't turn their thinking off easily. Anyone who fits these descriptions should relate to Heidegger's writing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Redman on December 8, 2013
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This book is a departure from the common views of thinking and the opportunity to actually think from a new context and with new content. It has already altered the reality I share with the universe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Shepard on February 21, 2014
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I didn't know what to expect from a collection of lectures from an ex-nazi on the topic of "think more, do less"-- seemed ripe for hypocrisy. But I thought it was one of Heidegger's best works. Insightful and thought-provoking. I am now leaning to the side of those who believe the nazism thing was a means of self-preservation. Not that that matters at all.
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