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Early Greek Thinking: The Dawn of Western Philosophy

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Heidegger's key essays on the pre-Socratic philosophers; an unexcelled look at the roots of Western philosophy.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published 1985 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1975)
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Largely mindnumbing, and not in a good way. The most forthcoming Heidegger is here is when he says, in "Moira", that his conception of Being (ostensibly drawn from Heraclitus and Anaximander, but not really) is constituted by the "participially-presencing duality" of Being and beings within the λόγος derived from λέγειν [it is highly unlikely this is an accurate derivation] which is "properly" translated as a laying-together-under-shelter before a storm (include whatever ludditic, modern contriv ...more
Kelly Head
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Every time I read something by Heidegger I question my decision-making abilities. The guy was a Nazi rector of Freiburg University during the early rise of Hitler, 1933-1934, and he never really apologized for his behavior or felt remorse. Still, he is frequently considered the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century next to Wittgenstein, so I feel I have to at least give him a chance. There were a number of philosophers who ended up aiding dictators, Plato and Aristotle no less. He even h ...more
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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فعلا فقط فصل آخر، درباره هراکلیتوس، رو خوندم. هایدگر توی این فصل روی یکی از پاره های هراکلیتوس تمرکز می کنه و ضمن تفسیر این پاره، چند پاره ی دیگه رو هم پیش میکشه. پاره ی اصلی میگه: چه کس می تواند از آنچه هرگز غروب نمی کند پنهان شود (τό μή δυνόν ποτε πώς αν τις λάθοι). حرف هایدگر اینه که با دنبال کردن معانی اصلی کلمات یونانی، میشه نشون داد که در این پاره سخن بر سر فوسیس (Φύσις) هست. یعنی آنچه هرگز غروب نمی کند فوسیسه. اما هایدگر سعی می کنه نشون بده که فوسیس و آنچه هرگز غروب نمی کنه Lichtung یا نو ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read this book if you want an analysis of the root of ancient Greek philosophers. I would highly suggest that you become familiar first, with the writings, ideas, and history of the Pre-Socratic philosophers; specifically , Anaximander, Heraclitus, and Parmenides. Then, I suggest you use an index card to write down the ancient Greek words being discussed and their definition (both traditional and Heideggerian definitions). Keep this 3x5 card handy whilst you are reading so you can refer to ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
This is another pretty good addition to your Heidegger collection. I would recommend it as a collection of essays that all relate to each other and build on key ideas of these early thinkers, centered on a few Greek terms and translating them, and the consequence of hermeneutical understanding.
If you have read a lot of Heidegger there will not be anything particularly new, but if you have not read much Heidegger this is a great way to see Heidegger's method and thought, related to some of the th
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Four short essays chock-full of Heidegger's radical and fascinating interpretations of pre-Socratic Greek philosophy. Each essay offers some uncharacteristically clear passages on the major themes that dominate his later works. Those handful of sentences alone were worth the several months I spent searching for a readable edition. A great read but probably not a good place for a Heidegger novice to start his journey. Then again, what is?
Edward Moran
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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A lot of Greek terms make this book difficult to understand. Heidegger refers in the first part to the seer in homer to show what he means by presencing.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Bit of a bitch to read, with lots of Greek and no transliterations, but also poetic, profound, and transcendent.
Matthew Giobbi
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most accessible work by Heidegger that I have found. Excellent experience.
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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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“Only in thoughtful dialogue with what it says can this fragment of thinking be translated. However, thinking is poetizing, and indeed
more than one kind of poetizing, more than poetry and song.”
“But anyone who only expects thinking to give assurances, and awaits the day when we can go beyond it as unnecessary, is demanding that thought annihilate itself.” 0 likes
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