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Martin Heidegger is among the most important philosophers of the Twentieth Century. Within the continental tradition, almost every great figure has been deeply influenced by his work. For this reason, a full understanding of the course of modern philosophy is impossible without at least a basic grasp of Heidegger. Unfortunately, his work is notoriously difficult, both because of his innovative ideas and his difficult writing style.
In this compelling book, Lee Braver cuts through the jargon to present Heidegger’s ideas in clear English, using illuminating examples and explications of thorny passages. In so doing, he offers readers an accessible overview of Heidegger’s entire career. The first half of the book presents a guide through Being and Time, Heidegger’s early masterpiece, while the second half covers the key themes of his later writing, including technology, subjectivity, history, nihilism, agency, and the nature of thought itself. As Heidegger’s later work is deeply engaged with other philosophers, Braver explains the relevance of Plato, Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche for Heidegger’s thought.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars trying to find their way through Heidegger’s difficult ideas. Anyone interested in Twentieth Century continental philosophy must come to terms with Heidegger, and this book is the ideal place to begin.
Lee Braver is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida, and the author of two previous books on Heidegger.
Table of Contents
Part One: Being and Time
Chapter One The Introduction to Being and Time
Chapter Two Being and Time 1.I-IV: Being-in and the World
Chapter Three Being and Time 1.V-VI: The There and Care
Chapter Four Being and Time Division Two: 2.I-III.¦64: Authenticity
Chapter Five Being and Time 2.III.¦65-VI: Temporality as the Meaning of Existence
Chapter Six Being and Time: Conclusion
Part Two: Later Heidegger
Introduction to the Later Heidegger
Chapter Seven: History, Nazism, the History of Being and of Its Forgetting
Chapter Eight: Descartes, Thinking, and Free Will
Chapter Nine: Gratitude, Language, and Art
Chapter Ten: Technology, Nietzsche, and Nihilism
Conclusion: Influences, Developments, and Criticisms