Christopher Fynsk offers a sustained critical reading of works written by Martin Heidegger in the period 1927-1947. His guiding concerns are Heidegger's notions of human finitude and difference, which Fynsk first addresses through an analysis of the role played by Mitsein in Being and Time. This analysis in turn affords a critical perspective on Heidegger's own interpretive encounters with Nietzsche and Holderlin.
For the paperback, Fynsk has added a new chapter on the recent controversy surrounding Heidegger's politics. Polemical in style, it seeks to define what is at stake in "the Heidegger affair" and points to some of the questions for philosophy and politics raised by the new legibility of Heidegger's political engagements.
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