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  • Copyright: 2012-04-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Martin Heidegger ranks alongside Wittgenstein as one of the twentieth century "s most influential yet cryptic and controversial philosophers. A towering figure in the schools of phenomenology and existential, his work inspired Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. This introduction covers the whole of Heidegger's work and is ideal for anyone coming to his work for the first time. John Richardson centres his introduction around the two topics that characterise Heidegger's work as a whole and that form the title of his most importnt work: being and time. Beginning with an overview of Heidegger's life and work, he explains the development of Heidgger's thought up to the publication of Being and Time.He then introduces and assesses the key arguments of Being and Time under three key headings: pragmatism; existentialism; and the themes of time and being. He also explains how Heidegger departed from Husserl's understanding of phenomenology itself. Subsequent chapters introduce Heidegger's later philosophy, in particular his turn towards an historicized account of being; his influential writings on art, poetry and language and his view that art and literature are essential to an evolving, cultural understanding of human being; and his theory that being is expressed above all in technology and science which problematically 'enframes' much of our understanding and action. The final chapter considers Heidegger's profound influence on a number of different intellectual movements from existentialism to postmodernism and how his work was taken up and criticised by subsequent philosophers. A much-needed and refreshing introduction to this major figure, Heidegger is ideal reading for anyone coming to his work for the first time and will interest and stimulate students and scholars alike.

Author Biography

John Richardson is Professor of Philosophy at New York University, USA. His books include Existential Epistemology: A Heideggerian Critique of the Cartesian Project (1986), and Nietzsche's New Darwinism (2004). He is co-editor (with Brian Leiter) of Nietzsche (2001).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A note on translationsp. xii
Abbreviations for Heidegger's worksp. xiii
Chronologyp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Truthp. 7
Beingp. 15
Summaryp. 22
Further readingp. 23
Life and worksp. 24
Summaryp. 44
Further readingp. 44
Early developmentp. 45
Summaryp. 54
Further readingp. 54
Being and Time: phenomenologyp. 55
Studying intentionalityp. 59
Adapting the methodp. 67
A method for being and truthp. 80
Summaryp. 84
Further readinqp. 85
Being and Time: pragmatismp. 86
Concern vs. theoryp. 89
Studying concernp. 95
Understanding and its worldp. 98
Self-finding in feeling; thrownnessp. 106
Talk and das Manp. 111
Summaryp. 121
Further readingp. 123
Being and Time: existentialismp. 124
Das Man and fallingp. 130
Anxietyp. 138
Existential concernsp. 144
Authenticityp. 158
Summaryp. 172
Further readingp. 174
Being and Time: time and beingp. 175
Temporalityp. 177
Historicalityp. 190
From temporality to time and beingp. 197
Summaryp. 202
Further readingp. 203
Heidegger's turningp. 204
Character of the turnp. 207
The history of beingp. 213
Being in itselfp. 238
The oblivion of beingp. 244
The truth of beingp. 250
Summaryp. 273
Further readingp. 275
Language and artp. 276
Language as the house of beingp. 279
Metaphysical languagep. 287
Poetic languagep. 293
Thinking's languagep. 311
Summaryp. 321
Further readingp. 323
Technology and godp. 324
The critique of technologyp. 326
The withdrawal and absence of godsp. 337
Beyond Nietzschep. 342
Gods' returnp. 349
Summaryp. 359
Further readingp. 360
Heidegger's influencesp. 361
Summaryp. 368
Further readingp. 369
Glossaryp. 370
Notesp. 374
Bibliographyp. 396
Topic indexp. 401
Name indexp. 405
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