Introduction to Metaphysics: Second Edition

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Yale University Press, Jun 24, 2014 - Philosophy - 284 pages
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Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics is one of the most important works written by this towering figure in twentieth-century philosophy. It includes a powerful reinterpretation of Greek thought, a sweeping vision of Western history, and a glimpse of the reasons behind Heidegger's support of the Nazi Party in the 1930s. Heidegger tries to reawaken the "question of Being" by challenging some of the most enduring prejudices embedded in Western philosophy and in our everyday practices and language. Furthermore, he relates this question to the insights of Greek tragedy into the human condition and to the political and cultural crises of modernity. This new translation makes this work more accessible to students than ever before. It combines smoothness with accuracy and provides conventional translations of Greek passages that Heidegger translated unconventionally. There are also extensive notes, a German-English glossary, and an introduction that discusses the history of the text, its basic themes, and its place in Heidegger's oeuvre.
 

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Contents

The Fundamental Question of Metaphysics
1
On the Grammar and Etymology of the Word Being
57
The Question of the Essence of Being
82
The Restriction of Being
102
For a Critique of the Lecture Course
231
First Version of Manuscript Pages 3136
235
Editors Afterword
248
GermanEnglish Glossary
253
Acknowledgments
275
Index
277
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Martin Heidegger (1889?1976) was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Gregory Fried is professor of philosophy at Suffolk University. Richard Polt is professor of philosophy at Xavier University, Cincinnati.

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