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The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) 2nd Edition

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"To an impressive extent, it manages to be useful for those fresh to Heidegger and for those already immersed." --Nicholas Joll, University of Essex and Hertfordshire: Philosophy in Review

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This edition brings to the fore other works by Heidegger, as well as alternative approaches to his scholarship. Included here are a new preface, revised versions of several essays, and an exhaustive bibliography, providing guidance for those new to Heidegger's work and for established scholars.
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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521528887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521528887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No popular audience exists for the work of Martin Heidegger. Yet the implications of his ideas do lend themselves to popular topics. In the mainstream media daily are stories about how the 'mind' does this and 'consciousness' does that; we have magazines titled "Self," while grave doubts exist about whether that word means anything. Such conceptualizations now, since Heidegger, come under the rubric of quaint, antique, and, one of these days though not likely soon, obsolete.

That is a radical development and explaining how such a change happens is not easy. Discussions of Heidegger's work are usually confined to high-level philosophical debate. One exception is the topic of his political stumbling, thinking he could turn Hitler into his student. That practical blunder is sometimes used to discount the significance of his philosophy and avoid the hard work of understanding what Heidegger offers.

This volume does include commentary on the infamy of Heidegger's dalliance with the Nazis. More so, it tackles his permanent and lasting contribution to the advancement of philosophy. With thirteen separate articles plus the editor's Introduction, this volume can serve for those interested in a general overview. The articles are not written for a popular audience. The authors are leading scholars of philosophy who were assigned specific topics to allow them to avoid the elaborate and interwoven intricacies of the scholarly discussion currently underway. So rather than written for their peers, they appeal to a more general understanding. Not easy reading. Still, not mountains of philosophical jargon.
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