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What Is Called Thinking?

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"For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."--Hannah Arendt
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 12th 1976 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1964)
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May 01, 2015 Geoff rated it it was amazing

This series of lectures are etymological investigations as much as they are philosophical. (Or perhaps they should just be called etymological-philosophical investigations.) Through exhaustive etymological-philosophical “translations” of a handful of statements - The “What is called thinking?” of the title, Nietzsche’s “The wasteland grows; woe to him who hides wastelands within!”, and Parmenides’ “One should both say and think that being is” - Heidegger confronts the entire problematic of Wes
May 27, 2007 Brandon rated it liked it
Now, what do I remember about this book? The point was something like the following: scientific/technical thinking isn't really thinking. Real thinking is thinking about Being. How does one begin to think about Being? I (Heidegger) don't know. But this I do know, you have to allow the question of Being to be important. You must allow yourself to feel the weight of the question. "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
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this is a later later addition: think i should try to answer the title question with the insistence that what hd is most concerned with is never an 'answer', but describing the process, which involves close inspection, etymological, historical, emphatic- 'thinking'. that is, not received wisdom, not recounted theory, not philosophy as a body of knowledge, but as an attitude of questioning. which does not mean you should not question him as well...

this is a later addition: reading my review, i di
Jun 21, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing
This lecture series is as close a companion and critique of Being & Time as I've come across and contains some of the clearest and most profound demonstrations of Heidegger's late thought. Throughout this series, he asks: what is thinking? what calls upon us to think? For Heidegger, the intellectual history of the West has been a deviation from the true content of thought: the thinking about the Being of beings, a notion misunderstood and neglected since Plato. Heidegger is trying to rewind ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Was heisst Denken?=What Is Called Thinking?, Martin Heidegger
عنوان: معنای تفکر چیست؟؛ نویسنده: مارتین هایدگر؛ مترجم: فرهاد سلمانیان؛ تهران، نشر مرکز ، 1385، در 112 ص؛ شابک: 9789643058951؛ موضوع: تفکر و اندیشه، قرن 20 م
عنوان: چه باشد آنچه خوانندش تفکر؟؛ نویسنده: مارتین هایدگر؛ مترجم: سیاوش جمادی؛ تهران، ققنوس، 1388، در 455 ص؛ شابک: 9789643058951؛ موضوع: تفکر و اندیشه، قرن 20 م
May 12, 2013 Yonina rated it it was amazing
Excellent working through of Heidegger's question "What is called thinking?" (which is actually 4 questions in one). To understand thinking we must ask what calls us into thinking- "what is That" which gives us the call toward thinking? "That" is the presence of what is present - the Being of beings - that we, in attempting to describe (lay out before us) also perceive, receive, take in (take to heart).

Time is here, too, in the question of memory, and that is the element that is least developed
Apr 15, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
A remarkable representation of the phenomenological Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking should be on the "required reading" list for those desiring to actually think and be capable of transformative thought. While certainly a read that merits close attention, its recursive exploration brings forward remarkable insight into the unthinking of our Modern epoch and provides perspective for paths forward.

For instance, Heidegger's perspective on Nietzsche's representation of blinking, prevalent and dom
Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 30, 2014 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing
A great Heidegger book. Even one without prior experience in Heidegger can get something from it. A valuable reflection of thinking on thought and reflection.
Jul 25, 2014 Nima rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
It's important to understand a couple of facts that help the contemporary reader understand how and why this text gathers so much critical praise and attention.

First, Heidegger was heavily ensconced in academia. As Rector of the University of Freiburg, his opinions carried considerable weight. This did not deter him from conducting an unprecedented, careful and thorough dissection of Western intellectual traditions -- traditions that built the University that employed him.

Heidegger gave voice to
Jun 11, 2011 Soeine rated it really liked it
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The core of the book's question is if we can elevate ourselves above the way we are, examine ourselves from the distance of the "leap", and depart for somewhere beyond ourselves. This leap cannot be possible through a human intention, since an intention can only originate from the way we are. It should happen like a thunderstorm, as an unexpected encounter. The leap is fatal, if one cannot reach the other end. It is only for the ones who dare to leap and go beyond. The rest will dig into the mud ...more
Ian Purkis
Feb 07, 2015 Ian Purkis rated it it was amazing
This book is a series of 21 lectures divided into 2 Parts. The first highlights Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra and the second is focused upon the Fragments of Parmenides.

In Heidegger's own words....

"The title of this lecture course is a question. The question runs: What is called thinking? As a course of lectures, we expect it to answer the question. As the course proceeds, then, it would make the title disappear bit by bit. But the title of our lecture course remains -- because it is intend
Constantino Casasbuenas
Realmente yo he leido este libro numerosas veces. Me encanta, pero está lleno de retos pues cada vez que lo leo o releo, encuentro cosas diferentes.

Es difícil por varias razones:

El libro siempre recurre a elementos básicos del ser y entonces lo conecta a uno con el cómo estamos en el mundo. Las reflexiones se originan en las palabras originales en griego y nos remite a los grandes filósofos.

Me impresionó mucho el reconocimiento que hace de Nietzche en tanto mayor pensador del mundo occidental.
Nicole Shepard
Aug 25, 2015 Nicole Shepard rated it it was amazing
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I'm not a huge fan of philosophy, but I thought this was brilliant and thought-provoking... if I'm even allowed to still use that phrase, which after reading this I'm not so sure.

Heidegger makes some phenomenal insights. Definitely worth the read.
Antony Haws
Dec 17, 2013 Antony Haws rated it it was amazing
If you don't have time to read the four volume study of Nietzsche, this gives a more compressed version of what's there. It's vintage Heidegger.
Patrick T. Randolph
Jul 06, 2009 Patrick T. Randolph rated it it was amazing
Every professor should be required to read this work; it is the true
link between theory and practice.
Mathias Minetti
Jan 27, 2013 Mathias Minetti rated it really liked it
A good way to enter the thinking of Heidegger and also the thinking in general.
Shahin *
Mar 11, 2007 Shahin * rated it it was amazing
A truely exceptional book, deep insights and totally unexpected !
May 26, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
Brilliant lectures on the nature of being.
Renato Tinajero
¿Valió la pena el esfuerzo de leer este libro? Críptico y provocador, muy en el estilo de Heidegger, el texto concluye con una idea que ya se veía venir casi desde el principio (cuando el autor sugiere que todavía no llegan los tiempos en que aprendamos a filosofar de la manera como lo hacen Hölderlin o Rilke con su poesía): que los poetas son los portadores de una voz que es capaz de transformar la penuria de la existencia en un acto valeroso, el acto de encarar el "ser" y llevar la vida un hál ...more
This is my philosophy prof's favorite book. I have consulted my classmates, making sure i was not the only one drowning in the vastness of inferiority. Heidegger dangles before us this intriguing and maddening possibility of a hierarchy of thinking, that we as humans are capable of and yet do not engage in this richer thinking. He presents questions, which often forces one's brain to play tag with itself, as to what is called thinking, what is that to which we call thinking or what calls forth t ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Ian rated it liked it
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This book was alright as far as Heidegger goes. The first half is a bit pointless to the book. It sets down some of the preliminary argument but it really just a critique of Nietzsche'a ontology. His main argument in the first half is also mostly posturing and has nothing to do with where the argument ends up. The first half is brilliant but I read the book hoping it live up to the title a bit more.

The second half of the book (130 pages in) is where Heidegger's argument really shines. This book
Brandon Henke
May 06, 2015 Brandon Henke rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
With language as his flashlight, Heidegger calls for us to follow him into the daunting and labyrinthine question: "What is Called Thinking?" Along the way, one runs into dimly-lit dead ends as frequently as one stumbles upon glittering gold. With every twist and turn of Heidegger's Brownian-motion brain, we encounter innumerable new paths -- each beckoning for exploration.
Naturally, this has the discomforting effect of instilling self-doubt. Could there be a method to this madness or are we wan
Hossein Hamidi
May 27, 2016 Hossein Hamidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتابی کم حجم وبس عمیق در باب تفکر تاملی . این کتاب را برای هضم کردن جملات با ارزشش سال ها به همراه داشتم. شروع خوانش ، هزار و سیصد و هشتاد و سه
Jul 10, 2016 Marie-aimée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fr, philosophy
Un remarquable essai de Heidegger sur l'acte de penser. Il remet d'abord en question l'automatisme de la pensée, qui n'est qu'une illusion, et commence un long cheminement sur ce qu'est véritablement la pensée. C'est en arrêtant de croire que nous pensons que nous commençons à penser. Il discute aussi longuement sur l’œuvre de Nietzsche, plus particulièrement son Zarathoustra. L'homme est un animal rationnel mais cela ne veut pas dire qu'il pense forcément. Pour cela il faut chercher à identifie ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Lui added it
What is thinking, what was thinking, and what could thinking become? Heidegger takes on a gargantuan task. How could we even judge whether he succeeds or not? After all, we are always already dwelling within the domain of language/thought (in it's current manifestation)... At the very least I can say that this book leads you by the hand along the lines of thought of one of the greatest/rarest Western minds. As the saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink". One is ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Este es un artículo maravilloso en el cual Heidegger nos dice que pensar es tan pero tan difícil, que a la vez que nadie lo hace, todos lo hacemos sin darnos cuenta. Es maravilloso y escalofriante. Es cortito, y lo recomiendo. Además, ahí se puede ver lo que digo de las ideas tan brillantes de un filósofo, contra el lío de cabeza que se arma un pésimo escritor.
Apr 21, 2014 Eibrajam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En la edición de la UNAM, en la contraportada nos aparece una leyenda: "lee este libro: puede cambiar tu vida". No pudieron haber sido más atinados. En mi primer acercamiento a Heidegger me llevo la impresión de haber leído palabra por palabra así un texto como un subtexto. Un ensayo imprescindible para entender el papel del poeta en nuestro tiempo.
Nov 22, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
Not one of Heidegger's more memorable works, this is a series of lectures on thinking. Heidegger makes a cool connection between thanking and thinking as the obligation and gratitude of thought vis it's object. However, beyond that, I can't think of a whole lot that I have taken away from this text.
Jul 11, 2016 Christian rated it it was amazing
Heidegger takes the superficiality or "blinking" of modern culture to task. Good on him. Much better for us to be attentive to beings' Being and its call for us, not just to beings on a "surface" level. This IS thinking, and it is also Nietzsche's eternal recurrence.
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