BASIC WRITINGS by Martin Heidegger


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Heidegger seems to be one of those immensely influential thinkers, like Hegel, who are more revered (or condemned) than read. It is not hard to see why: his thinking aims at breaking the modern subject-object mindset so as to ""think Being"" afresh: thus he uses language and lines of thought that stymie standard expectations and leave many readers bemused. Only a devoted apprenticeship (including mastering his German) allows full access to his work. Still, a collection like this can introduce students to his style and subject matter and enable them to decide whether to delve deeper. Krell has done a creditable job in selecting the best available translations of ten key writings from throughout Heidegger's career and in providing prefatory notes for each. His general introduction is informative and helpful, although it doesn't give the novice much idea of how and why Heidegger's lifelong questioning is so crucial. He happens to agree pretty much with Biemel (see above) about what writings are basic and that Being and truth are pervasive correlative themes; this volume brings them within reach.

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 1976
ISBN: 0061627011
Publisher: Harper & Row