Heidegger's study of the essence of metaphysics--ontology and poetry--with a brief outline of his career.Heidegger's study of the essence of metaphysics--ontology and poetry--with a brief outline of his career.Read Less
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This volume is probably the easiest introduction to Heidegger?s thought which isn?t just a ?Guide to??.
Although billed as by Heidegger, in fact two-thirds of this volume is by Heidegger?s pupil Werner Brock. Brock provides a clear and illuminating introduction to Heidegger?s massive and unfinished Being and Time. He then provides an introduction to the four essays by Heidegger translated in this volume. These essays are two pieces on the poetry of Hölderlin and two other pieces ?The Essence of Truth? and ?What is Metaphysics??. These pieces show Heidegger writing in modes (literary criticism and public addresses) which means that they are more accessible than most of his work.
Despite the notorious difficulty of Heidegger?s writing style and terminology, his is a philosophy that is worth exploring for those interested in C20 philosophy. My own interest in his work is due to the parallels I see between it and Daoism, particularly in passages like this:
[This lecture?s] sole thought is that thing which has dawned on Western thinking from the beginning as the one thing that has to be thought?Being. But Being is not a product of thinking. It is more likely that essential thinking is an occurrence of Being.
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