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How to Read Heidegger (How to Read) Paperback – April 17, 2006
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About the Author
Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, Bowie, Memory Theatre and Suicide.
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I would assume that the main reason one writes a review of a book like this is not to critique the philosophy that it contains, but to inform the prospective reader as to the comprehensibility of the presentation of that philosophy. Mr. Wrathall performs admirably in this regard. As a relative philosophical novice I found that this book turned night into day.
The author covers the topic of Heidegger's views of our being in the world; how our place in the world creates our possibilities and our constraints. It discusses how our culture forms us and can limit us. Do we become authentic or inauthentic beings in terms of how much we conform to culture. Heidegger's views on technology are presented. He feels that we should be part of the earth, and not conform the earth to our every need. We should not view that earth as something that merely provides us with resources.
There is also a chapter on Heidegger's views of art and truth. I found that I had a harder time relating to his views on aesthetics, than I did with the rest of his philosophy.
This is an excellent book for those with limited backgrounds in philosophy and/or Heidegger's works. It might also be worthwhile to those who have encountered Heidegger in the past, and need a littler refresher to his works.
One final comment: The author is evidently fluent in German. He frequently disagrees with some of the German to English translations, and provides his ideas of what the German words really mean in English. I found this to be an added bonus
If you are an academic venturing into Heidegger, begin here. If you are simply interested in his thought, you will be richly rewarded by countless insights. This is what academic writing SHOULD be.
Though this 118-page book only skims the surface of Heidegger's main ideas, it nonetheless covers a lot of ground. Both "early" and "late" Heidegger appear. First, a short introduction provides a defense against charges of illogicism (or even alogicism) while setting the overall context. It's important to understand that Heidegger did challenge the primacy of science (at least ontologically) but he never thought that science was misguided or should "go away.Read more ›
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Great interpretation but very hard to read for a philosophy virgin like me......Published 2 months ago by C T.
Like many, the daunting prospect of reading Heidegger has kept me from directly accessing his work. Wrathall's excellent book introduces to the curious reader the text of Heidegger... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darren
Almost every book titled as an introduction to Heidegger contains personal view of the author, and not a straightforward explanation of what Heidegger tries to say. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David T. Yu
One could read Heidegger without ever taking him on as his investigation applies to one's own life experience. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edward Heidicker
Wrathall does such a fine job of explaining Heidegger (bits of at least) that one must wonder: what need did Heidegger have of such obscure language? Read morePublished 21 months ago by Librum
I can't recommend this highly enough for people interested in Heidegger's amazing (and often frustrating!) landmark work of philosophy. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Poirot
My fullest expectations were not met in this book, my previous experience with the "How to Read" series coming from Caputo's "How to Read Kierkegaard," which was a categorical... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by David Milliern