Heidegger's Later Writings

Heidegger's Later Writings : A Reader's Guide

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This is a Reader's Guide to the most important and influential essays of Heidegger's later work, crucial to an understanding of his philosophy as a whole.Martin Heidegger is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His later writings are profoundly original and innovative, giving rise to much of postmodernist thinking, yet they are infamously difficult to approach. "Heidegger's Later Writings: A Reader's Guide" offers a concise and accessible introduction to eight of Heidegger's most important essays. These essays cover many of the central topics of his later thought and are conveniently gathered in Basic Writings, making this Guide a perfect companion.Written specifically to help students coming to these texts for the first time, each chapter illuminates a particular essay's structure to enable readers to start finding their own way through the text. The book offers guidance on: Philosophical and historical context; Key themes; Reading the text; Reception and influence; And, further reading."Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy.
Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0826439675
  • 9780826439673
  • 816,763

Table of contents

1. Contexts; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; i. 'What Is Metaphysics?'; ii. 'The Origin of the Work of Art; iii. 'Letter on Humanism'; iv. 'The Question Concerning Technology'; v. 'The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking'; 4. Reception and Influence; 5. Notes for Further Reading.
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"[Braver] offers a commentary that is remarkably clear, judicious and helpful without being in the least oversimplifying. The book is just what one would hope for in a work of this sort, providing reliable guidance to the beginner and mature insight for the experienced. I highly recommend it." - John D. Caputo, Syracuse University, USA "This book is an ideal way to get an overall orientation to Heidegger's later essays, one of the most important bodies of philosophical work in the 20th Century. Braver has an impressive grasp of these influential, original, but often difficult and disorienting works. His approach is clear, free of jargon, and brings out the essential points of each work, rendering this commentary the best available supplement for undergraduate and graduate courses on Later Heidegger." - Herbert Dreyfus "[Braver's] thoughtful expositions help the reader see and even appreciate the rationale behind Heidegger's wording, not only in terms of the particular essay on hand but also in view of questions provoking Heidegger's thinking as a whole. With expert and illuminating commentaries - "roadmaps," as Braver aptly dubs them - to Heidegger's Basic Writings, Braver's text is bound to become a major resource for introducing - and for reconsidering - these ground-breaking essays." - Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University, USA
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About Lee Braver

Lee Braver is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Hiram College, USA. His previous publications include A Thing of This World: A History of Continental Anti-Realism (Northwestern UP, 2007).
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