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Being and Time

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  11,605 ratings  ·  349 reviews
One of the most important philosophical works of our time, a work that has had tremendous influence on philosophy, literature, and psychology, and has literally changed the intellectual map of the modern world.
Hardcover, 589 pages
Published August 1st 1962 by Harper & Row (NYC/Evanston) (first published 1927)
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Jodi Lu
Aug 20, 2007 Jodi Lu rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: suckers.
GET OVER YOURSELF and distill some of these ideas into real words and real arguments and maybe, just maybe we'd have something really interesting and important here. but who the hell knows in all that gunk? it's like trying to follow a recipe for baked alaska written by gertrude stein!! you sit with your highlighter drying out like....uhhhh...okay i didn't mark anything in 20 pages so maybe this sentence is a keeper? 200 pages into this beast is the precise point at which, as a philo major, you ...more
If you want to get into Heidegger, don't read this first. Seriously, despite what others may have told you, the chronological priority of this book over, say, the lecture "The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic," does not translate into conceptual priority. You don't have to read B&T to begin putting into perspective what Heidegger was trying to do, but you do have to do that putting-in-perspective before reading B&T, or it will seem like the alien self-indulgence of a strange man without ...more
May 04, 2015 Geoff is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this read this and this and this and while reading this read this and this and this but you won't understand this without reading this and this and you really should have already read this or this but this and this should do fine but make sure to read this before this, I mean Being and Time, also when you finish this you should read this other thing on this or you really won't have good grasp on this or that or this Basta! I'm just going to read this, I mean Being and Time.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Mar 28, 2013 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thinkers
Shelves: heidegger
In lieu of a review a brief history of philosophy.

I. The beginnings, e.g., the Pre-socratics.

II. Plato footnoted by Aristotle

III. Immanuel Kant aufgehoben by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

IV. 20th century showdown: Martin Heidegger v. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Jul 27, 2007 Neurosys rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: philosophy majors
A necessary read to see to turn from Cartesian philosophy. Heidegger "explodes all of the history of ontology" in this work, where he finally uncovers the question of being, which has been neglected since Plato and Aristotle first considered way back. Since philosophers, namely Descartes and Husserl, have assumed being to be an impenetrable subjectivity, a soul or an ego.

Heidegger main goal is undercut the ontology that generates either/ors, the kind of ontology found in Plato’s forms, Aristotle
Alexandru Jr.

it was like losing my philosophical virginity :)

and it feels like everything i have read until now was a preparation for this. including my "dipping" in it for seven years or so. and i'm glad i read (and discussed) augustine's confessions with a wonderful group of people, during a course - otherwise i would have understood nothing at all from the part about temporality.

the dynamic of the book is very musical, it seemed to me. drone-like. as if the loooong sounds are repeated and repeated ag
There are four ways that a book may be difficult. The first is simply length. Reading a page of War and Peace is not a challenge; reading 1500 of them is another story. The second is stylistic. This occurs when an author is not a skilled writer and does not manage to be lucid or engaging. Next is conceptual, when the ideas presented in the book are so abstract or complex that it is challenging to wrap one’s mind around them. David Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, although short and ...more
I participated in a seminar on Being and Time in the heady spring of 1993. Any review of such has been neglected. A few crucial friends have since passed and the beloved moderator of such has been resituated. Herr H situates an opposition between the authentic being/existence and that of the Herd (Das Man). I had a wonderful ride, one which was doubtlessly larded by my age but also by this Incandescence of Dasein. It remains, almost 20 years later, so tough to bespoil that material.
Jack Stephens
This book is quite good when put into the context of phenomenology and existentialism. In order to get a good grasp of the arguments one must first have a basic understanding of Rene Descartes and then should have a good grasp of Edumund Husserl's philosophy (whom the book is dedicated too) and phenomenology in general.

I recommend first reading Introducing Heidegger and then getting two books by Michael Inwood, Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction and A Heidegger Dictionary. These three should h
May 09, 2012 Scott added it
My professor Theodore Kiesel assigned this book to me 15 years ago. I read it over the summer before class. I understood nothing; but I felt the power of this text. Did the Emperor really wear no clothes, or was I just too new to philosophy to understand what I was reading? I asked Dr. Kiesel how he read philosophy (referring to texts like this one). He profoundly stated, "I read very slowly." Ah. Slow. Good advice. Later, he showed us how to go beyond reading. We learned how to do a "textual ex ...more
Jonah Swan
Athletes experience a fundamental way of being in the world that they often call "being in the zone." Larry Bird has been quoted as saying that he often didn't realize he had passed the basketball until a moment after he had actually passed it.

Martin Heidegger, father of the study of being, explains that we humans are enmeshed or absorbed in the world in ways that are more fundamental and deeper than our cognitive, intentional, or analytical ways of being; that we move about in the world withou
In some odd way I am proud that I am a member of the minute group of people mad enough to wade their way through Being and Time from cover to cover. I like to think it marks me out as a true Philosopher.
...although I'm sure there are many Philosophy PhD's that skipped to the cliff notes (I know the rest of my class did). (and made the comment that NO ONE actually reads it from cover to cover!)

So apart from marking myself as agonisingly nerdy/insane; it also engenders a maternal protectiveness
Being and Time is probably the most difficult book I've ever read, even with the help of Dreyfus, Polt, and Blattner. (Who are great helps, all of them.) What's really interesting about the book is that Heidegger is simply describing basic everyday "common sense," but in order to get back to the common sense of Aristotle he has to deconstruct 500 years of western thinking. In order to do this he has to invent a new vocabulary that describes being in a extraordinarily rigorous and entirely new wa ...more
To be fair, I didn't finish the book. I was sitting in on a graduate course on Heidegger. I made it about halfway through Being and Time before I had to stop attending in order to focus on completing work on my M.A. I was enjoying the reading of it--of course, here by "enjoying" I mean something different than "having fun." It was challenging, extremely challenging, and I felt I was slowly getting somewhere with it.

It would probably earn a higher rating if I had made it through more of the book
Erik Graff
Oct 21, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heidegger fans
Recommended to Erik by: Paul Schreck
Shelves: philosophy
Being and Time was recommended to me--strongly enough that I purchased it--by Paul Schreck, a new member of Grinnell College's Philosophy Department who had switched from teaching Physics upon reading it. I did not, however, actually read the thing until enrolling in a course on Heidegger taught by Thomas Sheehan at Loyola University Chicago. Unbeknownst to me, however, I had had some exposure to Heidegger already in the study of modern theology, most particularly in The Systematic Theology of P ...more
Pooja Kashyap
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger is an ocean of infinite gems. It is one of those books, which require re-reading only to discern new motifs surfacing up every time. No single review can fully justify the thoughts running throughout the book. I did try jotting down few thoughts but am sure I still have missed some of them, which I might add later after reading it the second time.

Coming straight to book, ‘Being’ does not means presence, rather being is time and likewise never really shows its p
Good luck with this one. One of the "greatest philosophical works" of the 19th. How much of that rep is due to the fact that most people struggle to read it? (I know I did.) It's hopelessly convoluted and esoteric, even frustrating, and when you do cut down to his points they're hardly more than wordplay. Sartre would go on to continue some of that legacy, but with easier sentences and/or an involving fiction.
before 1927 there was darkness and god said let's be light and published being and time

our aim in the following treatise is to work out the question of the sense of being and to do so concretely

what determines beings as beings, that in terms of which beings are already understood

but than god sad let's be cloud and there was only one part of being and time
Ian Cantankeroo-Gazan
3 X 3 X 3 = 27


1. It's about time:

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1.1 That which lives has a life time within which to spend the time being.

1.2 That which lives strives to have the time of its life.


2. I think, therefore I am.

2.1 I think, therefore I am (view spoiler) Cartesian.

2.2 I am thinking, therefore I am Being (view spoiler).


3. That which interprets seeks meaning.

3.1 That which interprets
Nov 16, 2012 Szplug marked it as intermittently-reading  ·  review of another edition
I am dipping my toes into this at random intervals—i.e., when I'm feeling particularly masochistic—and seeing what, from a very amateur layman-explorer point-of-view, I can make of this infamous beast.* Being familiar with Macquarrie from his exploration of Existentialism, I have decided to stick with the original translation—and copious footnotes—he concocted in partnership with Edward Robinson. I have a PDF copy of the recent Stambaugh revisionist translation (which does seem to flow fairly sm ...more
William Marsolek
Unless you are a genius of geniuses--or a world-class bullshitter-- Being & Time's language will seem strange, even incomprehensible, for the first few hours or days or weeks of intensely reading him. But once you subjectively see a hint of what he was on about when he talks about 'the question of being' his text becomes astoundingly clearer. Its like if everyday sentence structures were a rubber band held straight and taut, then B&T's language is like Heidegger pulling the middle of the ...more
Mike Calabrese
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Okay so I actually only read about a third of this work, so I'm sure my grasp on its eventual conclusions is lacking. Still, I love this book more for its methodology than for any conclusions it might claim to reach. I like to think of Heidegger as the opposite of a poet. A poet uses language in creative and indirect ways to express feelings and truths that ordinary syntax can't get at. Poetry shifts the primary linguistic emphasis from denotation to connotation. Heidegger does the opposite. He ...more
Ah, Heidegger. My friends from sophomore year in college probably remember me dragging this monstrosity with me everywhere. I signed up for the class only because I had heard the professor who taught it was great. And he was. What was unexpected was that I actually really liked Heidegger's writing. I did not even know who he was when I signed up for the class, but he turned out to be one of my favorites. Heavily indebted to Nietzsche and in turn an influence on Sartre and the existentialists, He ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Martin Heidegger (1889 - 1976)
عنوان: هستی و زمان؛ اثر: مارتین هایدگر؛ مترجم: سیاوش جمادی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ققنوس،چاپ دوم 1387، در 942 ص، موضوع: هستی شناسی، فضا و زمان، نخستین بار با عنوان «وجود و زمان» با ترجمه منوچهر اسدی، توسط انتشارات پرسش، در سال 1385 چاپ و منتشر شده است
Arjun Ravichandran
The most important philosophical work of the 20th century, and a text whose influence will still be felt for some centuries to come, I am willing to reckon. Even if you are one of the many detractors, the fact remains that it is simply an outstanding monument to man's ability to think deeply, freshly, terrifyingly, and poetically about himself.
Heidegger's main focus is on Being ; what does it MEAN to be? This is of course an old question, stemming from the days of Aristotle, but Heidegger is fo
Dec 10, 2008 Rickeclectic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hardcore philosophy lovers, Derrida fans
Recommended to Rickeclectic by: College
Shelves: philosophy
One of the most important books in philosophy. Unfortunately, this cannot be read by a novice. It would help to know phenomenology, existentialism, and a fair amount of the history of philosophy. The best summary for this book is actually the Yeats line asking how can you tell the dancer from the dance. Heidegger shows how meaning cannot be separated from its context and puts what may be the last nails in the platonic idealist notion of a humans having a knowledge of some reality of forms. Heide ...more
next to nietzsche's 'herd' and kierkegaard's 'crowd,' this one deploys one of the great nihilo-individualist topoi of all time in 'das man,'; it is of course through the negative caricatures of a text's perceived foes that we must evaluate the merits of the affirmative theses (here, the 'knight of faith,' the 'ubermensch,' and 'dasein'). here, it's readily apparent that the self-oriented amphigory embodied in the negative caricatures aforesaid is not useful for anything other than NSDAP manageme ...more
I give up. Is it an exaggeration to feel that 50% of this book is a constant resummarizing of what was already said? I am not sure if it is such an exaggeration to feel that way. If by "summary" we mean that which gives the "sum total" (summarus) of an item or event, then it appears that this book is indeed largely a repetition of summaries of itself. But if this book is at once that entity which is the object of a summary, and that entity which offers the summary of which it is the object, then ...more
David Williamson
Being and Time is perhaps the most important philosophical book of the 20th century that is unless you’re an Analytic philosopher, in which case it is just nonsense. I personally, am all for a book that created Continental philosophy and goes further than Wittgenstein in its deconstruction of Metaphyics, Epistemology, the problem of mind and body, of the world, other minds, etc. Basically dissolving all traditional philosophical problems and foundations.

As a philosophical text, Heidegger althou
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  • Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Phenomenology of Perception
  • Being-In-The-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being in Time, Division I.
  • Philosophical Investigations
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  • Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  • Totality and Infinity:  An Essay on Exteriority
  • The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
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  • Writing and Difference
  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 1
  • Fear and Trembling/Repetition (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 6)
  • Difference and Repetition
  • Matter and Memory
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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“Everyone is the other and no one is himself.” 59 likes
“Why are there beings at all instead of nothing? That is the question. Presumably it is not arbitrary question, "Why are there beings at all instead of nothing"- this is obviously the first of all questions. Of course it is not the first question in the chronological sense [...] And yet, we are each touched once, maybe even every now and then, by the concealed power of this question, without properly grasping what is happening to us. In great despair, for example, when all weight tends to dwindle away from things and the sense of things grows dark, the question looms.” 34 likes
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