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In 1966-67 Martin Heidegger and Eugen Fink conducted an extraordinary seminar on the fragments of Heraclitus. Heraclitus Seminar records those conversations, documenting the imaginative and experimental character of the multiplicity of interpretations offered and providing an invaluable portrait of Heidegger involved in active discussion and explication.

Heidegger's remarks
Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 21st 1993 by Northwestern University Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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Given that Heidegger is often considered to be at his best in the classroom setting (not that I ever took a course from him, but this is from other 20th Century philosophers who spoke in awe of him and his unique teaching ability), I had high hopes for this book: Heidegger along with a philologist (Eugen Fink) leading a group of students in a discussion of Heraclitus. Alas, it was not to be. Fink holds the floor for much of the discussion, thereby sapping much of my interest - who cares what Fin ...more
This book is very difficult, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you're familar with Heidegger's other accounts of the presocratic philosophers and also have a good knowledge of Heraclitus. Without the latter it would probably be tough to follow the twists and turns of Heidegger and Fink's analysis, since a lot of it uses the Greek.

But Heraclitus Seminar is a really rewarding text if you can make your way through it. I've read this book twice and would benefit from going through it again.

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Heidegger's dialogic lecture style at its best, with help from Eugene Fink.
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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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