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Discourse on Thinking questions that must occur to us the moment we manage to see a familiar situation in unfamiliar light.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 19th 1969 by Harper & Row (NY) (first published 1954)
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Frankie Della Torre
Aug 25, 2016 Frankie Della Torre rated it it was amazing
“Man today is in flight from thinking… But part of this flight is that man will neither see nor admit it. Man today will even flatly deny this flight from thinking.” - Quoted from Heidegger’s 1955 Memorial Address

Heidegger sharply distinguishes what he calls “calculative thinking” from “meditative thinking.” The former is the thinking of everyday practical affairs, adding things up, weighing pros and cons, solving problems, computing ever new possibilities which serve economical achievements an
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Alex Obrigewitsch
Nov 21, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing
This work is an important step upon the path of thinking, the thinking of the later Heidegger, focused on the thought around the word of the title: Gelassenheit, or Releasement (as it is translated here).

Those who reject the Conversation on a Country Path in favor of the Memorial Address miss the essential importance of Heidegger's thinking, and the place that the Conversation holds in that thinking. The Memorial Address speaks of thinking. It is of little value in relation to the Conversation,
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Liz
Jul 30, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
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I loved the Memorial Address portion. It was very straightforward and brought up a few necessary points. As for the Conversation (a contemplation on the nature of thinking between a scientist, scholar, and teacher) portion, I had a difficult time keeping track of what was being said. I think this was partly due to the fact that the translation produced odd sentence structures and terms (such as "that-which-regions," a clunky translation of a single German word), and also partly due to the fact t ...more
Sean Pagaduan
Aug 14, 2011 Sean Pagaduan rated it did not like it
I'm shocked that I'm the first person to give this one star.

Heidegger has this chronic problem of purposely obfuscating his message behind ill-defined terminology. Maybe this is a function of poor translations. Here's a sample sentence:

"That is the nature of releasement into which the regioning of that-which-regions regions man. We presage the nature of thinking as releasement.... Releasement to that-which-regions is thinking only as the regioning of releasement, a regioning which releases relea
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Zach
Sep 20, 2012 Zach rated it really liked it
While still steeped in the proprietary language of philosophy, this brief text is certainly readable, and the key ideas tend to rise to the surface (particularly in the dialogue portion of the book). It does require a few feats of mental acrobatics to follow and there are sections that must be read several times. If you’re inclined to small doses of philosophy, and if you don’t mind deciphering a text as much as reading it, then I’d recommend this as an entry point to Heidegger.
Stephanie
Jun 29, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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Heidegger has a lot to say that applies to modern politics, including my favorite statement, "man today is in flight from thinking."

Sigh.
Kim
Feb 12, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I'd forgotten how much fun reading philosophy could be....
Nohea
Mar 20, 2012 Nohea rated it really liked it
Just read the Memorial Address. Good shit. Hoping to read the entire works.
Will
Mar 11, 2017 Will rated it did not like it
This is Heidegger comparing gentile Germans living in postwar, consumer-capitalist society... to Jews murdered and displaced in the Holocaust:
Many Germans have lost their homeland, have had to leave their villages and towns, have been driven from their native soil. Countless others whose homeland was saved, have yet wandered off. They have been caught up in the turmoil of the big cities, and have resettled in the wastelands of industrial districts. They are strangers now to their former homelan
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Andrew Flynn
Mar 13, 2017 Andrew Flynn rated it really liked it
Easy little read, with some interesting anecdotes. My favorite was the difference he made when it comes to humans and waiting, humans waiting "for" and humans waiting "upon".
Zachary Taylor
Oct 18, 2016 Zachary Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Discourse on Thinking contains two notable Heideggerian texts from his later career— “Memorial Address,” delivered in 1955 on the 175th birthday of the composer Conradin Kreutzer, and the much more difficult “Conversations on a Country Path About Thinking,” a fictional account of a conversation between a scientist, a teacher, and a scholar that one should not overlook. Whereas “Memorial Address” lucidly differentiates “calculative thinking” from what Heidegger calls “meditative thinking,” “Conve ...more
John Carter McKnight
May 24, 2013 John Carter McKnight rated it it was ok
I picked this up after reading Verbeck's _What Things Do_, which in part analyzes Heidegger's changing views on technology from an STS perspective. That's a great book; this is not, and it's not really Heidegger's fault.

The introductory essay is godawful. Concerned solely with Heidegger's philosophy of mind, it takes a complex and obscure original and restates it in tongue-tied, tedious academic prose. It's written by the translator, which is suggestive of what's to come.

The first piece of Heide
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Ian
Mar 23, 2013 Ian rated it did not like it
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This book was a let down. It is very easy to read but that is part of the problem. The first essay is an address he delivered in which he talks about the need to think. He doesn't get into any philosophy and this represents his conservative social values. The second section, the Dialogue has some good bits of Heidegger's philosophy in it but I found it more distracting than informative.
Erik Graff
Apr 22, 2009 Erik Graff rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Heideggerians
Recommended to Erik by: Thomas Sheehan
Shelves: philosophy
This was read for Tom Sheehan's "Contemporary German Thought-Heidegger" course during the second semester of 1981/82 at Loyola University Chicago.
Francisco
Leímos Serenidad y Hebel, el amigo de la casa (además de Thullier, Galasso, un texto sobre Planolandia y otro sobre Kusch...)
Peter Owens
Dec 21, 2014 Peter Owens rated it it was ok
I read this in pieces for class, but it is some of the most convoluted of Heidegger's writings. The "Conversation on a Country Path" is nearly unreadable.
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