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Early Greek Thinking: The Dawn of Western Philosophy
Heidegger's key essays on the pre-Socratic philosophers; an unexcelled look at the roots of Western philosophy.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published 1985 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1975)
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Every time I read something by Heidegger I question my decision-making abilities. The guy was a Nazi rector of Freiburg University during the early rise of Hitler, 1933-1934, and he never really apologized for his behavior or felt remorse. Still, he is frequently considered the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century next to Wittgenstein, so I feel I have to at least give him a chance. There were a number of philosophers who ended up aiding dictators, Plato and Aristotle no less. He even h ...more
Four short essays chock-full of Heidegger's radical and fascinating interpretations of pre-Socratic Greek philosophy. Each essay offers some uncharacteristically clear passages on the major themes that dominate his later works. Those handful of sentences alone were worth the several months I spent searching for a readable edition. A great read but probably not a good place for a Heidegger novice to start his journey. Then again, what is?
Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) was a German philosopher whose work is perhaps most readily associated with phenomenology and existentialism, although his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification. His ideas have exerted a seminal influence on the development of contemporary European philosophy. They have also had an impact far beyo ...moreMore about Martin Heidegger...