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Poetry, Language, Thought (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) Paperback – December 3, 2013
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While this is a good introduction, The Question Concerning Technology, and Other Essays is helpful for anyone looking for the relationship between technology and art (techne) and also the subject-object relationship and the relationship of the world to the so-called "worldview." Anyone serious about Heidegger will have to reread and cross-reference between his works, so when advised to read this book first, it doesn't mean there is any fast track to understanding Heidegger. At best, it is slightly less difficult.
Being and Time might wisely be saved until later. The book being reviewed here is the most accessible of his writings.
Heidegger's discussion of the "void" inside a jug being what does the holding parallels Taoist discussions on emptiness. While there are many translations, Red Pine's bilingual version (now out of print) is the best I have found yet: Lao-tzu's Taoteching: with Selected Commentaries of the Past 2000 Years.Read more ›
These purposes shouldn't be understood, however, as art or literary criticism. These essays serve as examples of Heidegger's broader project of the investigation of Being in a totalizing sense. He sought to understand Being in the sense that it is common to rock, trees, animals, and people by an examination of the human mode of being, Dasein, being that questions the nature of its own being.
Heidegger believed we have so completely forgotten about being that we have even forgotten that we have forgotten -- and as a result, we need to pay special attention to the times when Being, via our Dasein, calls attention to the fact of its own hiddenness. In everyday human experience this can happen through the experience of anxiety or boredom or, in the case of _Poetry, Language, Thought_, it can happen through art.
Heidegger examines art in this collection of essays as it unveils the hiddenness of Being.
As you can see from my brief description, a bit of a background in Heidegger would be helpful before reading this book. If you're really interested, read his _Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics_ first (Indiana University Press). Then read _Being and Time_. If you still want to read Heidegger after that, then turn to _Poetry, Language, Thought_ as an application of his philosophy to the understanding of art, to how we are to understand art and what we should allow it to reveal to us.Read more ›
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This collection of essays on the purpose of art and the relationship between art, language, and thought epitomized through poetry is a dense but fascinating read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kate Arms
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was an influential and controversial German philosopher, primarily concerned with Being, and phenomenology---who was widely (perhaps incorrectly) also... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven H Propp
An interesting look at the environment of thought and speech.Published 23 months ago by Thomas L. Bigham
This was the first of Heidegger that I ever read, and it pushed me to pursue many philosophical questions about art and thought. P.L.T. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Richard J Heby
Thinking lightly of a national debt is not the same as declaring that God himself is never going to whip out $17 trillion dollars to pay back loans that make the wealth of a hyper... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by snap shot hex
Excellent book for anti-modernists. Heidegger is one of those great philosophers unfairly shunned by academia (who seem to think that they know better). Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Occidental Artist
This is a really good survey of Heidegger's later work. I found these to be a lot more eliptical than his earlier, more strictly metaphysicsal stuff, and while that makes them... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by jafrank
Martin Heidegger's philosophy is difficult and rewarding. What is the origin of the work of art? What is the origin of the artist? What is the nature of art?Published on February 19, 2011 by Daniel T. Scott