Heidegger: The Man and the Thinker

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Thomas Sheehan
Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Philosophy - 367 pages
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Many people consider Martin Heidegger the most important German philosopher of the twentieth century. He is indisputably controversial and influential. Athough much has been written about Heidegger, this may be the best single volume covering his life, career, and thought. For all its breadth and complexity, Heidegger's perspective is quite simple: he is concerned with the meaning of Being as disclosure. Heidegger's life was almost as simple. He was a German professor, except for a brief but significant period in which he supported the Nazi regime. While that departure from philosophy continues to haunt his name and work, one must question whether his thought from 1912 to 1976 should be measured by the yardstick of his politics from May, 1933, through February, 1934. Th is anthology addresses his complex but simple thought and his simple but complex life. In a real sense, Sheehan claims, there is no content to Heidegger's topic and legacy, only a method. But method must not be taken to mean a technique or procedure for philosophical thinking. Rather, the topic of Heidegger's thought and his pursuit of that topic, the "what" and the "how," are one and the same thing. Heidegger writes, "Alles ist Weg," "Everything is way," and man's Being is to be on-the-way in essential movement. Heidegger, argues in our essence we humans are the topic and the point is not to be led there so much as to come to know what we already know and to become what we already are. This brilliant collection confirms this truism, and is an excellent introduction to the work of this seminal thinker.
 

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Contents

Heideggers Early Years
3
A Recollection 1957
21
Letter to Rudolf Otto 1919
23
Why Do I Stay in the Provinces? 1934
27
Heidegger and the Nazis
31
Only a God Can Save Us
45
The Pathway 19471948
69
Seeking and Finding
73
In Memory of Max Scheler 1928
159
Part IV Overcoming Metaphysics
161
Heidegger and Metaphysics
163
Metaphysics and the Topology of Being in Heidegger
173
Finitude and the Absolute
187
The Poverty of Thought
209
Part V Technology Politics and Art
217
Beyond Humanism
219

Part II Being Dasein and Subjectivity
77
Heideggers Way Through Phenomenology to the Thinking of Being
79
Toward the Topology of Dasein
95
Into the Clearing
107
Heideggers Model of Subjectivity
117
Part III In Dialogue with Max Scheler
131
Reality and Resistance
133
Heidegger on Transcendence and Intentionality
145
Heidegger and Marx
229
Principles Precarious
245
Heideggers Philosophy of Art
257
Part VI Bibliographies
275
Translations in English
277
Heidegger Translations in English
281
Secondary Literature in English
1963
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Thomas Sheehan is professor emeritus of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and professor of religious studies at Stanford University. He is the author of The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity, Karl Rahner: The Philosophical Foundations and co-editor and translator of Edmund Husserl’s, Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology, and The Confrontation with Heidegger.

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