Being and Truth

Being and Truth

Hardback Studies in Continental Thought (Hardcover)

By (author) Martin Heidegger, Translated by Gregory Fried, Translated by Professor Richard Polt

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 247mm x 27mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253355117
  • ISBN 13: 9780253355119
  • Illustrations note: 5 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 508,095

Product description

In these lectures, delivered in 1933-1934 while he was Rector of the University of Freiburg and an active supporter of the National Socialist regime, Martin Heidegger addresses the history of metaphysics and the notion of truth from Heraclitus to Hegel. First published in German in 2001, these two lecture courses offer a sustained encounter with Heidegger's thinking during a period when he attempted to give expression to his highest ambitions for a philosophy engaged with politics and the world. While the lectures are strongly nationalistic and celebrate the revolutionary spirit of the time, they also attack theories of racial supremacy in an attempt to stake out a distinctively Heideggerian understanding of what it means to be a people. This careful translation offers valuable insight into Heidegger's views on language, truth, animality, and life, as well as his political thought and activity.

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Author information

Gregory Fried is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. He is author of Heidegger's Polemos: From Being to Politics and editor (with Richard Polt) of A Companion to Heidegger s Introduction to Metaphysics.Richard Polt is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Xavier University. He is author of The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy and Heidegger: An Introduction."

Review quote

"Fried and Polt's translation of Martin Heidegger's Being and Truth is a well-crafted and careful rendering of an important and demanding volume of the Complete Works." Andrew Mitchell, Emory University

Table of contents

Translators' Foreword THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION OF PHILOSOPHY: Summer Semester 1933 Introduction; The Fundamental Question of Philosophy and the Fundamental Happening of Our History; The Fundamental Question and Metaphysics: Preparation for a Confrontation with Hegel; One: The Development, Transformation, and Christianization of Traditional Metaphysics; Two: The System of Modern Metaphysics and the First of Its Primary Determining Grounds: The Mathematical; Three: Determination by Christianity and the Concept of Mathematical-Methodological Grounding in the Metaphysical Systems of Modernity; Four: Hegel: The Completion of Metaphysics as Theo-logic; Conclusion ON THE ESSENCE OF TRUTH: Winter Semester 1933-1934 Introduction; The Question of Essence as Insidious and Unavoidable Part One: Truth and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic One: The Four Stages of the Happening of Truth; Two: The Idea of the Good and Unconcealment; Three: The Question of the Essence of Untruth Part Two: An Interpretation of Plato's Theaetetus With Regard to the Question of the Essence of Untruth One: Preliminary Considerations on the Greek Concept of Knowledge; Two: Theaetetus's Answers to the Question of the Essence of Knowledge and their Rejection; Three: The Question of the Possibility of phi epsilon nu delta eta delta omicron alpha Appendix I: Notes and drafts for the lecture course of Summer Semester 1933; Appendix II: Notes and drafts for the lecture course of Winter Semester 1933-1934 Editor's Afterword; German-English Glossary