- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper Torchbooks (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061319694
- ISBN-13: 978-0061319693
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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About the Author
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He studied at the University of Freiburg and became a professor at the University of Marburg in 1932. After publishing his his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927), he returned to Freiburg to assume the chair of philosophy upon Husserl's retirement.
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Part 1: "The Question Concerning Technology"; and "The Turning"
Part 2: "The Word of Nietzsche: God is Dead"
Part 3: "The Age of the World Picture"; and "Science and Reflection"
The major question I originally had while looking at this table of contents is: "What could possibly unite such thematically different essays?" The two essays in Part 1 fit together, because they're both about technology; Part 2 is one essay about Nietzsche; and the two essays in Part 3 fit together, because they're both about science and Heidegger's concept of "worlds". But what makes the three parts fit together?
There are some themes that run throughout this volume, especially history, nihilism, and the huge joint theme of science and technology. All of these essays can be seen as elucidations of Heidegger's central doctrine that we live within "the world's night." Part 1 explains how the tides of technology, which turns nature into the standing reserve, transforms modern man in a dangerous way (the phenomenon of "Enframing"). Part 2 then considers Nietzsche's bold attempts to get at the themes of Part 1, so now we look at the tides of technology in terms of nihilism, which is the culmination of the unfolding of the history of metaphysics. Then Part 3 takes all of this together while focusing specifically on modern technological science. The essays certainly work well together, and the editors clearly put a lot of thought into their ordering.
At 182 pages, this is a fairly short book. However, these pages are incredibly rich with content and insight, and if you are anything like me, you will reread these pages again and again. For years on end. The first essay in each of the three parts are classics for good reason, and the shorter essays which follow them help both to clarify the meaning of the classic essays, and also to spell out some of the implications of the classic essays.
I can't speak to the accuracy of the translations because I have never studied the corresponding German texts, but the English prose reads extraordinarily clearly (at least, clearly *for Heidegger,* who is a notoriously complex and subtle writer). Because of the sharp focus of this volume, I would recommend it as a general introduction to Heidegger's thought for those who haven't read him before. I would even recommend reading this before you read the "Basic Writings" or "Being and Time." But after you finish reading this, you will definitely want to see what "Being and Time" was all about. (I should also mention that this volume would be a great syllabus inclusion in courses on the ethics of technology, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of history, existentialism, or even straight-up ethics.)
Finally, the volume "Poetry, Language, Thought" can be read almost like a direct sequel to "The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays." The poetry essays directly respond to the problem of Enframing, and they take up the suggestion at the end of "The Question Concerning Technology" that poetry might be the "saving power" which will save us from the dangers of technology. So "Poetry, Language, Thought" is highly recommended for those who manage to finish this book and are left wondering, as I was: What should we positively do with such apparently pessimistic and nihilistic conclusions about the direction we are heading? And if you want to understand a bit of the background behind this book, the two best things to read are (A) Nietzsche's works, of course, but also (B) Husserl's "The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology," where deals with many of Heidegger's themes, as the "crisis of science" in the title indicates.
In sum, this is an amazing book for those who wish to understand the current state of the world. It is deeply challenging, but it is also the best introduction to Heidegger's thought and themes for those who can stomach the slow pace of reading which these essays will demand of you.
Yes, Heidegger is difficult. Heidegger is always difficult. But it is worth trudging through.
For those seriously attempting to understand Heidegger's essays this is a very helpful edition; although I do not know German, Levitt really seems to understand both Heidegger and the nuances of the German language. His notes (while not necessarily clearer than Heidegger) help the English speaker get into the nuances lost in translation which is of utmost importance.
Thing is you can get everything in this book online somewhere, and some guides that will help you through it. I read better with a hard copy, which is the only reason I bought the book. Turns out this guy is pretty big in the philosophy world, so it's a good read if that stuff intrigues you. Personally, I'm going to stick to programming and stay "enframed".