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Basic Writings (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He studied at the University of Freiburg and became a professor at the University of Marburg in 1932. After publishing his his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927), he returned to Freiburg to assume the chair of philosophy upon Husserl's retirement.
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Unfortunately, I have to report that after 950 pages (including B&T) Heidegger makes no progress in reaching a new understanding of being except for the tentative suggestion that being might have something to do with time. When we reach the final page of the last essay of this collection (written in 1964), the ontological foundations of science seem just as secure (or, depending on your view, unstable) as they were when Heidegger first strode to the lectern at Marburg University in 1923.
Heidegger does have a lot to say about being though. We learn, for example, that Being is the Nothing, that Being is the transcendens, that Being is a gift and, most importantly, that Being is mysterious. Heidegger returns time and again to the same point: being is mysterious and we should be more open to the mystery of being. This is no doubt true: if we all stopped to reflect on the wonder of existence now and then it would probably help us get things into perspective and to spend our time more wisely. The trouble is that this is hardly a new and profound idea and it's been said much more poetically and succinctly many times by others (for example, Shakespeare).Read more ›
The brief opening introductions to each chapter by the editors are very helpful and provide both a good overview of the relevant ideas and many thought-provoking points for readers to consider.
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I never fully appreciated Heidegger until I had to write a speech opposing his argument. While I don't agree with all of his ideas I do admit that his arguments are appealing after... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by damien glenn
I spent years reading Heidegger before I woke up. Heidegger was an ardent sympathizer and follower of Nazism. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Conan
To understand Heidegger, you have to read him a bit like you'd read Faulkner; just let it flow, not worrying about each phrase or sentence. These essays are well worth the effort. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by SK Figler
The book arrived on time and was in good shape, as it was described. I would use the service again.Published on November 22, 2012 by Kyongsook Kim