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Introduction to Metaphysics (Yale Nota Bene S) Paperback – August 11, 2000
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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics is one of the most important works written by this towering figure in twentieth-century philosophy. It includes a powerful reinterpretation of Greek thought, a sweeping vision of Western history, and a glimpse of the reasons behind Heidegger's support of the Nazi Party in the 1930s. Heidegger tries to reawaken the "question of Being" by challenging some of the most enduring prejudices embedded in Western philosophy and in our everyday practices and language. Furthermore, he relates this question to the insights of Greek tragedy into the human condition and to the political and cultural crises of modernity.This new translation makes this work more accessible to students than ever before. It combines smoothness with accuracy and provides conventional translations of Greek passages that Heidegger translated unconventionally. There are also extensive notes, a German-English glossary, and an introduction that discusses the history of the text, its basic themes, and its place in Heidegger's oeuvre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. It shows cases some pretty original thinking.
2. The question "why there are beings and nothing at all " is eternal although in today's world many people think there is only the theory of evolution and other "zoological" explanations to this question.Heidegger shows how this question can be posed in way that shows "what" it means to be even if we we know "how"(i.e. evolution, natural selection etc.) we came to be.
3. The whole book is really about clarifying the question and trying to unbundle all the preconceptions about the question.Only towards the end we get a glimmer about what could be the start of an answer.
4. Heidegger is an eloquent writer and this must in large measure must be due to the translator's competence.
5.Yes, there are many reference to Greek words and poems and one does have to read many sections twice but the scope of the book is sweeping so the rewards of a second or third read are well worth it.
6.At the least you will question the familiarity of many words and their everday usage after you read the book and that should hopefully help you think more clearly and equally (if not more importantly, after reading Heidegger..)articulate yourself clearly.
If you are new to Heidegger but find his prose exceedingly difficult to follow, stick with it nevertheless! For me, Heidegger's work is not merely an intellectual exercise or armchair philosophizing. Heidegger has given me a new pair of glasses through which I perceive and experience my environment: a deeper and richer experience of "being in the world."
This book is totally in Heidegger's language, and it could be overwhelming at first, but the logic is very clear. Once you start to get the picture, you will get how everything talked about in this book is meant to fit into one picture, and all of it is to help us understanding the one single fundamental question: why are there entities instead of nothing.
In my view, this was fairly a clear book to read. However, without certain philosophical background, it could happen that Heidegger's philosophy is interpreted not in the right way, if you choose to read on your own. I recommend that you read it with your friends, and if you have a chance, consult a Heideggerian scholar. You might have to read the passage interested for two or three times, and you probably need to consult other books, such as Kate Withy's Heidegger on Being Uncanny. The link is below:
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I read Introduction to Metaphysics this semester at university in an undergraduate course.Read more