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Introduction to Metaphysics

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Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics is one of the most important works written by this figure of 20th-century philosophy. The new translation aims to make this work more accessible including provision of conventional translations of Greek passages that Heidegger translated unconventionally.
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Yale University Press (first published July 1929)
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Ian Vinogradus
The Adorno Perspective

"Heidegger's philosophy is fascist right down to its innermost components." (January, 1963)


Being and Time

I read "Being and Time", sensitive to the possibility that I might encounter these Fascist connotations.

The only context in which I felt there were any conceivable Fascist undertones was Heidegger's discussion of the authenticity of the individual in society.

Ironically, it seemed to suggest that the individual might become inauthentic in the face of peer group pressure
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Ian Vinogradus
Last in Translation

I read this collection of lectures after reading "Being and Time".

There are two English versions of this work: one translated by Ralph Manheim, and this version by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt.

I acquired a cheap copy of the earlier version, before becoming aware that there was a more recent translation.

The Manheim version presents readers with a problem of comprehension, through no fault of its own.

There is nothing wrong with the translation from the point of view of compr
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Jeremy
Jul 19, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you've never read Heidegger, this probably isn't too bad of a place to start out. He actually reveals a great deal more about his motives and methods in the first part of this than in a lot of his other writings. Both his circular style of questioning (and Heidegger is all about questioning, not arguing, not declaring, but really asking sincerely about what things are.) and his emphasis on close, intensely focused etymological readings are well laid out here and not as difficult to get at as ...more
Caio
Jun 21, 2014 Caio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We wish to review a book on Goodreads. But we do not yet know what Goodreads truly means. We might say it is a social network for book readers. Certainly. But this statement does not touch upon what veils itself be-neath, be-hind and be-yond our subject matter. To arrive at our destination and let it show itself truly to our Dasein, we must first learn to inquire in a more originary manner about Goodreads. We must learn to think Goodreads, and therefore reviews, as the Greeks first thought it, a ...more
David Haines
This book is a very difficult book to read. Some books, twice as long, can be read and analyzed properly within a week. This book takes a long time. Each sentence is so full of meaning that it is impossible to read this book quickly! Heidegger begins by asking what he views as the fundamental question of Metaphysics, "Why is there something rather than nothing?". The rest of the book is his attempt to answer this question. The subject itself is difficult, so the reader needs to give Heidegger th ...more
Steven Peterson
Nov 18, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Heidegger is a difficult philosopher to read. His own biography, serving as at least a passive supporter of Nazi Germany, makes him somewhat suspect. His opaque and challenging writing style can easily turn one off. However, whether or not one agrees with his ideas, this work is important to confront. He raises arguments that confront many of our beliefs about the way that things are. The struggle to understand--and critique--his views is well worthwhile.

According to Heidegger, the word
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Andrew
I didn't have much to do at work. I looked down at Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics. He writes in angry little knots you have to untie, much like his idols Parmenides and Heraclitus. I read on, and envisioned Heidegger as the spider crawling up my back, as unsettling me in my chair.

Nothing is part of being. But real nothing is something you cannot say.

The answer is really another question.

And the question is probably the wrong question.

Those ideas sound fairly familiar to any reader of ph
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Alex Kartelias
Apr 07, 2015 Alex Kartelias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of my new favorite philosophers. In the beginning he was tough, but because they're lectures, he summarizes his points and repeats them often. Never have I thought this deeply about Being and Non-being and if you are looking to read his, "Being and Time", this is a good place to get warmed up.

I defintetly agree with him that philosophy from Aristotle onwards- abeit some exceptions- as being too mechanical and one-sided when it came to rationalism versus empiricism or monism versus pluralism.
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Cameron
Jul 19, 2012 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning, brilliant exploration into the nature of Being and a total etymological explosion of Greek ontology. This lectures that comprise this book are Heidegger at his most accessible, intelligble and controversial. His method of inquiry and the fundamental concepts of Being that would lead his later work are laid bare in these examinations. For that, I'm sorry not to have been exposed to this book prior to wandering the wilderness of Being and Time.
Lena Chilari
Feb 27, 2016 Lena Chilari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Să ne închipuim o clipă pământul cufundat în imensitatea întunecată a spațiului cosmic. Astfel privit, el este un minuscul fir de nisip; iar pe suprafața acestui minuscul fir de nisip trăiește o gloată buimacă, târându-se de-a valma, pasămite de animale inteligente, care pentru o clipă au inventat cunoașterea.
Pete
Jan 10, 2010 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a tough read, which I think is what everyone says about it. Things start to cohere toward the end, so if you're going to read it it's worth making it through the final chapter. The gist of it is that Heidegger sees most (all?) the key problems of philosophy as arising from a bastardization of Greek philosophy, which attempted a more 'grounded' metaphysics. An example is what he sees as the transformation and misuse of 'logos' which originally referred to the 'gathering' of the ...more
John Doe
Dec 06, 2013 John Doe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read about these people who built a monument in protest of national socialism, in a public space. It was in Hamburg, I think. Tricky thing was, monuments are usually large, enduring, etc. Fascists love building large, enduring things in public spaces. So, how do you build in rebellion to these things?

This is what they did. They dug a hole in the ground. Then they mounted a high tower above the hole. Each year, they lowered the tower deeper and deeper into the hole, until it disappeared fully
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Kiof
Jan 30, 2013 Kiof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a really hard read if you've never read MH before. But if you have, this long lecture (musta been 3-4 hours- goddamn!) is nothing but pure pleasure. There are few troubling things- a few blantantly pro-nazi comments, for example - that won't win over any of the unconverted. It all comes down to what you think of Heidegger's framework of being- whether you think it too new-agey, damn brilliant and life-affirming (me), or just can't get over the fact that he was a Nazi (which I total ...more
Amari
Sep 09, 2007 Amari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read the golden oldie translation first (ralph manheim's [incidentally, i am utterly in awe of manheim, who also translated gunter grass' dog years and many other important works from several languages into english]) and then compared it to this nota bene edition.

i could write forever on this book, but i will limit myself to a few comments: first, i am so taken with heidegger's linguistic discussions that i feel as though i'm reading two texts at once whenever i examine chapter 2. second, i'v
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Tijmen Lansdaal
Easy to read if you're familiar with Heidegger. Third chapter makes up for the first two, where he on the one hand puts his question plainly and uninterestingly, and on the other dodges all kinds of question with sloppy reasoning that can only be called excuses. He often sounds like the true selector: this fits the German spirit, this doesn't. The only end-result could be the truly nazist, but, surprise surprise, it turns out to be quite interesting. When he's allowed to pose his question and wh ...more
Frankie Della Torre
Aug 22, 2016 Frankie Della Torre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Introduction to Metaphysics is compiled from a series of lectures Heidegger delivered at the University of Freiburg in 1935.

He takes up the question of the meaning of Being, of course. Evidently, Heidegger thought that this particular work of essays, more than other publications, provided ideal commentary on his magnum opus, Being and Time. In a way, Heidegger's main attempt in this work, and in his entire corpus, is to awaken a re-investigation about the meaning of Being. Of course, we use
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Paul Cockeram
Jul 12, 2014 Paul Cockeram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before Martin Heidegger, the question of Being was studied the way science and rationalism study anything else: like dissecting a frog in Biology class. Whatever humans were, we were the product of sensory inputs, or phenomena, that could be quantified and analyzed where possible. Whatever parts of experience we could not measure, we ignored. Heidegger decided it was time to retrieve this forgotten question of Being, which became his lifelong project. He succeeded in putting the study of Being b ...more
Alexander
This is a formidable text. (I can imagine some poor soul wandering into Borders hoping to find a clear and concise introductory text on metaphysics, only to purchase this and subsequently swear off philosophy forever.) Nonetheless, it's well worth getting through, since it contains one of Heidegger's most thorough engagements with the Greeks (Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Sophocles figure prominently) and some tantalizing glimpses into his views on contemporary politics.
Nuphile
Mar 12, 2009 Nuphile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the nature of existence? And how do we even begin to talk about what it means to "be"? These questions are some of the deepest and fundamental to philosophical thought. Changed my life.
Vicy
May 18, 2009 Vicy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Professor Heidegger, what is Metaphysics?"

"Good question."

Notoriously rigorous philosophy wherein it's all about the question.

Ahmed Azimov
Apr 18, 2013 Ahmed Azimov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قرأت رسالته في الماهية فقط لانني سأستعين بها في قراءة لاحقه
Daniel I.
Jun 12, 2015 Daniel I. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Heidegger, întrebarea fundamentală, de prim rang a metafizicii este formulată în felul următor: "De ce este de fapt fiinţare, şi nu, mai curând nimic?". Aceasta este întrebarea hotărâtoare a metafizicii. Astfel, titlul cărţii s-ar putea traduce în "Introducere în întrebarea privitoare la fiinţă".

"De ce este de fapt fiinţare, şi nu, mai curând, nimic?". Aceasta este întrebarea în jurul căreia se desfăşoară cartea. Efortul se concentrează asupra găsirii unui răspuns la această întrebare. De ase
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Boris
Nov 30, 2014 Boris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As interesting as it is dangerous... Heidegger digs deep back into the history of metaphysics, clearing the errors and avoiding the Holzwege of what went before him. His thinking and explaining is never clearer than in this book. He explains to us why the appearance / Being dichotomy is wrongly conceived by modern thinkers, he explains how we must ask the question of Sein rightly...

It is a very deep book, carefully worked out and thoroughly analyzing the history of philosophy. It is a perfect in
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Billie Pritchett
Martin Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics is a book that begins with the old question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Or as Heidegger would prefer to put it, "Why are there beings rather than nothing?" To the extent that there's an answer to this question, Heidegger writes that we can't answer the question but must always be concerned with this question as human beings. There's a kind of rough sketch in the book about how people have thought about their relationship to other ...more
Michael Ledezma
Feb 05, 2013 Michael Ledezma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read right after Being and Time, or at least after Basic Problems. It offers a seamless transition into the Kehre, which is actually threefold, and not as is commonly held, a difference between Heidegger I and II. This book puts the reader right in the thick of Being's relation to aletheia as unconcealment, and does a hell of a job at thoroughly explaining the 4 main oppositions to Being that were originally, and originarilly posited by the Greeks at the inception of Western ...more
Jacob Stubbs
Aug 02, 2011 Jacob Stubbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So, let me be honest here. I did not finish this. I have about 50 pages left. I had a hard time understanding the "Heideggerianese". Roger Scruton reads that Heidegger was more about some highly personal, metaphysical, spiritual journey rather than philosophy. I would have to agree. That being said, Heidegger holds some fascinating views on "being", linguistics, and such. His thoughts on science and man are also very interesting. It's easy to see the Nietzschean influences (C.F. "On Truth and Li ...more
Laura Moretti
Apr 12, 2016 Laura Moretti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A formidable book beyond measure. Heidegger writes like Dr. Seuss for grown ups, but instead of rhyming, he uses intricate parallels to propose and respond to his mind's musings, then leaves you to analyze the simplicity of one his thoughts in a self-made cloud of complexity. Best from Heidegger. Recommended.
Leonardo
Mar 09, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
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Luca Lee
If you are up to reading some of Heidegger's best lectures and his view on metaphysics, then, this book is just right for you. I did enjoy the book, but the book, as always, was slightly boring regarding the fact that it was a translation of his lectures.
mm
Dec 28, 2014 mm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think too much was lost in translation, either that or Heidegger is just spinning his wheels...
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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 ...more
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