Correspondence 1949-1975
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Correspondence 1949-1975

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Beginning in 1949, the German novelist and essayist Ernst Junger began a correspondence with the philosopher Martin Heidegger that lasted until Heidegger's death in 1975. This volume contains the first English translation of their complete correspondence, as well as letters from Heidegger's wife and son and others referred to in their correspondence. It also contains a translation of Junger's essay Across the Line (Uber die Linie), his contribution to a Festschrift celebrating Heidegger's sixtieth birthday. Junger's and Heidegger's correspondence is of enormous historical interest, revealing how both men came to understand their cultural roles in post-war Europe. It is valuable as well for showing the emergence of themes pervasive in Heidegger's post-war thought: his cultural and political pessimism and his concern with the problem of global technology. The correspondence also reveals the evolution of a philosophical friendship between two writers central to twentieth century European thought, and the mutual influence that friendship worked on their writing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 141 x 217 x 9mm | 163g
  • Rowman & Littlefield International
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 178348876X
  • 9781783488766
  • 457,439

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With this elegant translation, Timothy Sean Quinn allows us to eavesdrop on a fascinating conversation: two prolific authors, moved by Nietzsche to confront nihilism, discuss their writings and share life's moments - Heidegger consoles Junger for the loss of his spouse, and the final letter, sent by Heidegger's wife, is a collection of poems that had comforted him on his deathbed. The humanity of the thinker strikingly emerges in these beautifully rendered exchanges. -- Chad Engelland, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Dallasshow more

About Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher and one of the most important European thinkers of the twentieth century. Ernst Junger (1895-1998) was a celebrated German novelist, essayist and philosopher. Timothy Sean Quinn, the translator, is Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University, USA.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements / Translator's Introduction / Part I: The Ë Correspondence Between Ernst Junger and Martin Heidegger / Part II: Ernst Junger's Essay, Across The Lineshow more

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