Martin Heidegger: In Europe and America

Martin Heidegger: In Europe and America

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When Heidegger's influence was at its zenith in Germany from the early fifties to the early sixties, most serious students of philosophy in that country were deeply steeped in his thought. His students or students of his students filled many if not most of the major chairs in philosophy. A cloud of reputedly Black Forest mysticism veiled the perspective of many of his critics and admirers at home and abroad. Droves of people flocked to hear lectures by him that most could not understand, even on careful reading, much less on one hearing. He loomed so large that Being and Time frequently could not be seen as a highly imaginative, initial approach to a strictly limited set of questions, but was viewed either as an all-embracing first order catastrophy incorporating at once the most feared consequences of Boehme, Kierkegaard, Rilke, and Nietzsche, or as THE ANSWER. But most of that has past. Heidegger's dominance of German philosophy has ceased. One can now brush aside the larger-than-life images of Heidegger, the fears that his language was creating a cult phenomenon, the convictions that only those can understand him who give their lives to his thought. His language is at times unusually difficult, at times simple and beautiful. Some of his insights are obscure and not helpful, others are exciting and clarifying. One no longer expects Heidegger to interpret literature like a literary critic or an academic philologist.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 155.96 x 244.09 x 12.45mm | 353.8g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1973 ed.
  • 200 p.
  • 9401185417
  • 9789401185417

Table of contents

Heidegger today.- The nature of man and the world of nature for Heidegger's 80th birthday.- Heidegger's question: An exposition.- Heidegger on time and being.- Concerning empty and ful-filled time.- Heidegger and consciousness.- The mathematical and the hermeneutical : On Heidegger's notion of the apriori.- The problem of language.- Language and reversal.- Language and two phenomenologies.- The work of art and other things.- Two Heideggerian analyses.- On the pattern of phenomenological method.- Heidegger seen from France.
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