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Martin Heidegger

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After studying with Husserl, Martin Heidegger undertook an academic career in Germany, lecturing with great success both in Marburg and at the University of Freiburg, where he served as Rector in 1933-34. During this period, Heidegger not only cooperated with the educational policies of the National Socialist government but also offered it his enthusiastic public support. As a result, Heidegger was suspended from all teaching duties in the post-war era from 1945 to 1950. Heidegger The nature and extent of his sympathies for Nazi ideology remain matters of some dispute.

Heidegger's Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) (1927) applied the methods of phenomenology to ontology, in an effort to comprehend the meaning of "Being" both in general and as it appears concretely. This led Heidegger to a conception of human existence as active participation in the world, "being-there" {Ger. Dasein}, despite its inherent limitations and the threat of inauthenticity. HHeidegger eidegger's most familiar themes are evident in The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (1927) and EinFührung in die Metaphysik (Introduction to Metaphysics) (1953).

"Hegel and the Greeks" is a sample of Heidegger's reflections on the history of philosophy.

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Primary sources:

  • Martin Heidegger Gesamtausgabe (Klostermann, 1975- )
  • Martin Heidegger, The Basic Problems of Phenomenology, tr. by Albert Hofstadter (Indiana, 1988) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, Being and Time: A Translation of Sein and Zeit, tr. by Joan Stambaugh (SUNY 1997) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics, tr. by Ralph Manheim (Yale, 1986) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic, tr. by Michael Heim (Indiana, 1992) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, The Essence of Human Freedom: An Introduction to Philosophy, trans. Ted Sadler (Continuum, 2002) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, The Essence of Truth: On Plato's Cave Allegory and Theaetetus, trans. Ted Sadler (Continuum, 2002) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, On the Way to Language (Harper San Francisco, 1982) {Order from}
  • Martin Heidegger, Zollikon Seminars: Protocols, Conversations, Letters, ed. by Medard Boss (Northwestern, 2001) {Order from}

Secondary sources:

  • Joan Stambaugh, The Finitude of Being (SUNY, 1992) {Order from}
  • The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger, ed. by Charles B. Guignon (Cambridge, 1993) {Order from}
  • Steven Mulhall, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Heidegger and Being and Time (Routledge, 1996) {Order from}
  • George Pattison, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger (Routledge, 2000) {Order from}
  • Michael Inwood, Heidegger (Oxford, 1997) {Order from}
  • John D. Caputo, The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought (Fordham, 1986) {Order from}
  • Theodore Kisiel, Heidegger's Way of Thought: Critical and Interpretive Signposts, ed. by Alfred Denker and Marion Heinz (Continuum, 2002) {Order from}
  • Martin Weatherston, Heidegger's Interpretation of Kant: Categories, Imagination, and Temporality (Macmillan, 2002) {Order from}
  • Steven Galt Crowell, Husserl, Heidegger, and the Space of Meaning: Paths toward Transcendental Phenomenology (Northwestern, 2001) {Order from}
  • Herman Philipse, Heidegger's Philosophy of Being (Princeton, 1998) {Order from}
  • Jonathan Ree, Heidegger (Routledge, 1999) {Order from}
  • Companion to Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy, ed. by Charles E. Scott, et. al. (Indiana, 2001) {Order from}
  • Joanna Hodge, Heidegger and Ethics (Routledge, 1995) {Order from}
  • Julian Young, Heidegger's Later Philosophy (Cambridge, 2002) {Order from}

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