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Being and Time Revised Edition
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Heidegger spent his early years in a seminary but abandoned Catholicism in 1917-1918. His interest in and ambivalence toward religion permeates "Being and Time." Heidegger was a friend of Edmund Husserl, the founder of the philosophical movement known as phenomenology. "Being and Time" is dedicated to Husserl and includes several laudatory references to him. Heidegger was Husserl's assistant at Freiburg, but he wrote "Being and Time" when he had assumed a position at Marburg. He became Heidegger's successor at Freiburg upon Husserl's retirement in 1928. Before writing "Being and Time", Heidegger was regarded as a brilliant scholar and a charismatic teacher. But he had published little. "Being and Time" made him famous, virtually a celebrity, an accomplishment rare for a philosopher. Heidegger remained in the public eye through what became a notorious life through his political involvement with Nazism, and through a long life after WW II in which he did not expressly repudiate his earlier politics.
Even though Heidegger turned Husserl on his head, the phenomenological influence in "Being and Time" is pervasive.Read more ›
If you want to understand Heidegger, you (happily) need to read a much shorter piece -- namely, chapter 1 only of _An Introduction to Metaphysics_. It's all right there. After you get through that tight little essay, you will understand the important things about who Heidegger was, what he was doing, and where he was going with it, intellectually speaking. Then you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to continue, one that is based on your own opinion, rather than the (many and strong) opinions of others.
Heidegger is a highly controversial figure. Even his fiercest critics, however, acknowledge that his importance in philosophy is huge. (I am speaking of those critics of some stature, and disregarding the childrens' prattle found here.)
Heidegger is important because he found a gaping and defining hole in every philosophical argument from Plato to the 20th century. Nietzsche had looked for it, and had suspected that something was there, something huge, but Heidegger nailed it once and for all. He deserves credit for this, and if you want to know what the hole was, see the citation above.
It is what *else* Heidegger did that is the source of so much of the controversy and all of the criticism. Having produced a critique that laid the philosophical tradition of the west essentially to waste, he was vexed with the difficult problem of what to do next.
He made some initial, obscure, vague, and frustratingly tentative attempts to construct something in its place. _Being and Time_ is the prime example of that effort. It was an openly acknowledged failure.Read more ›
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Fun text to wade in and periodically get lost. Felt like little train: I think I can understand, I think I can understand. Oh wait, I don't. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marieahhh
Yet, who considered Taylor Carman as a suitable author of the forward? Reading Carman's articles on philosophy, he holds a weak albeit Western partiality understanding of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Allen
In one sentence: Being is always being-there. Heidegger is examining the question of the meaning of Being. If we ask “What is Being? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacob
One cannot understand the philosophical and theological movements of our era without this incredible book.I had to be taught the way to read Heidegger by experts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
Maybe I just don't get it, but this book seems to me to be gibberish. I have chosen some sentences at random: see what you think. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a bit old, but so is the author. I need it for research into German thought during and pre WWWII.Published 6 months ago by bill
I have never managed to hack my way through to the end of Heidegger’s BEING AND TIME. I confess that I have never been able to sustain the self-flagellation long enough to stun my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A Listener
Well worth the time even though my Dasein is one step closer to the grave.Published 7 months ago by Trust fund squanderer