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Date of issue: October 16th 2013
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Before anyone gets heated - my review rating refers to my view on this book, not to Heidegger or his philosophy. I say this because Heidegger certainly seems to bring out strong views. Some see him as one of the most brilliant philiosophers of all time. Others as sham philosopher who wrote cryptically to cover vacuous nonsense, and on top of that a Nazi! In the middle sit a lot of people who don't care and cannot be bothered to make the effort to read Heidegger. It's hard to think of another philosopher who brings out quite such a difference in views.
Before reading this book, apart from some very very high level outlines, I knew little or nothing about him. Most of my philosophy training was in classic analytical philosophy, which tends to scorn Heidegger.
The bulk of this book is about Heidegger's first book: Being and Time. It comments briefly on his earlier writing and has some biographical information as well. It is not the easiest of reads, but it is not hard either. If you are used to reading philosophy texts then you should not struggle too much.
Do I now think I understand Heidegger? No. But then my feeling is that understanding Heidegger requires a long period of serious study. However, the book has given me at least a sense of what he was interested in, some of his ideas, and a flavour for his writing. I'm not sure my life is going to be long enough or ever dull enough to read much more Heidegger, but at least I now have that sense. Given the complexity of Heidegger, his play with language and tendency to make up terminology which is hard to translate, that alone is a pretty good achievement in one book of 180 pages.
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Read information about the authorRichard F. H. Polt is a professor of philosophy at Xavier University. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1991). His main interests are the metaphysical and ethical problems of Greek and German philosophy. He has taught elective courses on a variety of topics, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, German idealism, existentialism, slavery, time, and Heidegger.
Heidegger: An Introduction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.
A Companion to Heidegger's "Introduction to Metaphysics." Edited by Richard Polt and Gregory Fried. New Haven: Yale Unversity Press, 2001.
Heidegger's "Being and Time": Critical Essays. Edited by Richard Polt. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger's "Contributions to Philosophy." Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.
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