- Hardcover: 589 pages
- Publisher: Harper and Row Publishers; Revised edition (August 1, 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060638508
- ISBN-13: 978-0060638504
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
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“Powerful and original . . . Being and Time changed the course of philosophy.” (Richard Rorty, New York Times Book Review)
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Heidegger is exceptionally difficult to read. Almost all the definitions he uses are either invented by him, as new words or combinations of words, or else old words that he uses in a new context. His use of words, when used correctly, is extremely precise. If you do not constantly pay attention to definitions his logic becomes nonsense. I had to constantly look up definitions from my notes to make sure I understood his train of thought. This difficulty is further exacerbated by the fact that he wrote in German and much of his precision is lost in translation. Fortunately, Heidegger often repeats his train of logic to ensure the reader stays on point.
Heidegger never answers the question of Being. His attempts to understand Being all fail. The ending of "Being and Time" lacks a climax because he lays the groundwork for why time is essential to the meaning of Being without ever publishing the answers.
I do not pretend to know everything Heidegger explains in "Being and Time." This is a book that should be read several times, throughout a lifetime, to come to terms with his method of thought.
That being said, you will get out of Being and Time what you put into it. Trying to skim through is a waste of your time, but I don't count that against the book: it's not meant to be skimmed. You will find that the most difficult sections are those which have the most to offer. Heidegger's writing is not aphoristic in the traditional sense, but his most cryptic passages are pregnant with insight.
Even if you don't find Being and Time to be philosophically compelling, it is, at the very least, a useful psychological and literary exercise. Heidegger is often accused of mistaking psychological observations for ontological ones, but in that case he's still relevant to psychology at least.