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إنّ ما هو عديم الجدوى أو النفع يظل مع ذلك ذا قوة، ربما هي القوة الوحيدة الحقيقية. إن ما ليس له صدى مباشر في مسيرة الحياة اليومية يمكن أن يرتبط بشكلٍ وثيقٍ بعملية التطور التاريخي العميق للأمة، بل يمكن له حتى أن يتوقع خطوات هذا التطور. إن ما هو في غير أوانه أو سابقاً له سوف يكون له زمانه الخاص به. هذه هي بالضبط حقيقة الفلسفة. بناءً على ذلك، ليس هنالك من طريقة نحدد من خلالها ...more
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Published 2015 by دار الفارابي (first published July 1929)
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Fergus
“And so they sent me away -
Taught me how to be sensible,
Logical...”
Supertramp, Logical Song

MANICHEANISM, ANIMISM & SPIDERWEBS...

An old school friend of mine has a Manichean mind.

Oh, that's not such a bad thing, considering the whole intent of our society is Manichean.

You know the story:

Night and day, wrong and right, dark and light. We live in a world of logical, common sense dualities.

But... do we, I mean, TOTALLY live in that world? Its strictures can strangle you! And you know what I thin
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the kenosha kid
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We wish to review a book on Goodreads. But we do not yet know what Goodreads truly means. We might say it is a social network for book readers. Certainly. But this statement does not touch upon what veils itself be-neath, be-hind and be-yond our subject matter. To arrive at our destination and let it show itself truly to our Dasein, we must first learn to inquire in a more originary manner about Goodreads. We must learn to think Goodreads, and therefore reviews, as the Greeks first thought it, a ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
The Adorno Perspective

"Heidegger's philosophy is fascist right down to its innermost components." (January, 1963)


Being and Time

I read "Being and Time", sensitive to the possibility that I might encounter these Fascist connotations.

The only context in which I felt there were any conceivable Fascist undertones was Heidegger's discussion of the authenticity of the individual in society.

Ironically, it seemed to suggest that the individual might become inauthentic in the face of peer group pressu
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Jeremy
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
If you've never read Heidegger, this probably isn't too bad of a place to start out. He actually reveals a great deal more about his motives and methods in the first part of this than in a lot of his other writings. Both his circular style of questioning (and Heidegger is all about questioning, not arguing, not declaring, but really asking sincerely about what things are.) and his emphasis on close, intensely focused etymological readings are well laid out here and not as difficult to get at as ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Last in Translation

I read this collection of lectures after reading "Being and Time".

There are two English versions of this work: one translated by Ralph Manheim, and this version by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt.

I acquired a cheap copy of the earlier version, before becoming aware that there was a more recent translation.

The Manheim version presents readers with a problem of comprehension, through no fault of its own.

There is nothing wrong with the translation from the point of view of com
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David Haines
This book is a very difficult book to read. Some books, twice as long, can be read and analyzed properly within a week. This book takes a long time. Each sentence is so full of meaning that it is impossible to read this book quickly! Heidegger begins by asking what he views as the fundamental question of Metaphysics, "Why is there something rather than nothing?". The rest of the book is his attempt to answer this question. The subject itself is difficult, so the reader needs to give Heidegger th ...more
Zoonanism
Quite a creative way of playing with language, a mesmerizing camouflage. Message: Equivocate and juxtapose concepts in style and you'd have an audience fooled into thinking they have witnessed a novel truth. Marshall Applewhite with some Nietzschean flourish and mistranslated Greek passages would probably be as good. ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Why is this book such a good book or what one can learn from it?

1) It's an incredibly easy to read book. At the high school or first year college level.
2) This is the book that Heidegger scholars love to quote since it is easy to follow
3) 'il n'y a pas de hors-texte', Derrida's French expression for there is nothing outside of the text. It doesn't matter who the writer was. It matters what he said. My wife and I disagree. She thinks that a philosophy matters on how the philosopher lived. I do no
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Andrew
I didn't have much to do at work. I looked down at Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics. He writes in angry little knots you have to untie, much like his idols Parmenides and Heraclitus. I read on, and envisioned Heidegger as the spider crawling up my back, as unsettling me in my chair.

Nothing is part of being. But real nothing is something you cannot say.

The answer is really another question.

And the question is probably the wrong question.

Those ideas sound fairly familiar to any reader of ph
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Paul Cockeram
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before Martin Heidegger, the question of Being was studied the way science and rationalism study anything else: like dissecting a frog in Biology class. Whatever humans were, we were the product of sensory inputs, or phenomena, that could be quantified and analyzed where possible. Whatever parts of experience we could not measure, we ignored. Heidegger decided it was time to retrieve this forgotten question of Being, which became his lifelong project. He succeeded in putting the study of Being b ...more
Steven Peterson
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Heidegger is a difficult philosopher to read. His own biography, serving as at least a passive supporter of Nazi Germany, makes him somewhat suspect. His opaque and challenging writing style can easily turn one off. However, whether or not one agrees with his ideas, this work is important to confront. He raises arguments that confront many of our beliefs about the way that things are. The struggle to understand--and critique--his views is well worthwhile.

According to Heidegger, the word
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Xander
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduction to Metaphysics (1935) is a crucial work by Martin Heidegger. It is crucial in multiple ways. First, it marks the shift in Heidegger’s thinking as a professional philosopher – so it’s crucial to understand Heidegger’s own philosophical development. Second, the work is crucial in a historical sense, since it covers the lectures Heidegger gave in 1935 at his Freiburg University. Dark and looming vibes emanate from this book, reflecting the German atmosphere at the time.

Third, the work
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Alex Kartelias
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
One of my new favorite philosophers. In the beginning he was tough, but because they're lectures, he summarizes his points and repeats them often. Never have I thought this deeply about Being and Non-being and if you are looking to read his, "Being and Time", this is a good place to get warmed up.

I defintetly agree with him that philosophy from Aristotle onwards- abeit some exceptions- as being too mechanical and one-sided when it came to rationalism versus empiricism or monism versus pluralism.
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Cameron
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning, brilliant exploration into the nature of Being and a total etymological explosion of Greek ontology. This lectures that comprise this book are Heidegger at his most accessible, intelligble and controversial. His method of inquiry and the fundamental concepts of Being that would lead his later work are laid bare in these examinations. For that, I'm sorry not to have been exposed to this book prior to wandering the wilderness of Being and Time. ...more
Amari
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i read the golden oldie translation first (ralph manheim's [incidentally, i am utterly in awe of manheim, who also translated gunter grass' dog years and many other important works from several languages into english]) and then compared it to this nota bene edition.

i could write forever on this book, but i will limit myself to a few comments: first, i am so taken with heidegger's linguistic discussions that i feel as though i'm reading two texts at once whenever i examine chapter 2. second, i'v
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Kiof
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a really hard read if you've never read MH before. But if you have, this long lecture (musta been 3-4 hours- goddamn!) is nothing but pure pleasure. There are few troubling things- a few blantantly pro-nazi comments, for example - that won't win over any of the unconverted. It all comes down to what you think of Heidegger's framework of being- whether you think it too new-agey, damn brilliant and life-affirming (me), or just can't get over the fact that he was a Nazi (which I total ...more
Hana Al Maktoum
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first reading for Heidegger. What an introduction to his writing style and thinking! It provided a glimpse into his approach to philosophy_ an interesting continuous questioning. In the beginning, I thought that he unnecessarily digresses. However, I found that interesting as I continued reading his attempt answering these questions. It was as if he casually converses with the readers.

It took me more than expected to finish. Put in mind, this book dwells on linguistics more than phil
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Vicy
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Professor Heidegger, what is Metaphysics?"

"Good question."

Notoriously rigorous philosophy wherein it's all about the question.

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Joshua Bryant
What I remember from this read five years later is the significance of the question, Why is there anything rather than nothing at all? This isn't a question Heidegger thought up, but his wanderings around and around this question which I've forgotten now did impress on me the importance of the question, which it really does have. Even if the material world we see always was, just maybe in a different form (like some ultra dense ball prior to its 'big bang,' or an infinite regress of infinite mul ...more
Pete
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a tough read, which I think is what everyone says about it. Things start to cohere toward the end, so if you're going to read it it's worth making it through the final chapter. The gist of it is that Heidegger sees most (all?) the key problems of philosophy as arising from a bastardization of Greek philosophy, which attempted a more 'grounded' metaphysics. An example is what he sees as the transformation and misuse of 'logos' which originally referred to the 'gathering' of the ...more
Tijmen Lansdaal
Easy to read if you're familiar with Heidegger. Third chapter makes up for the first two, where he on the one hand puts his question plainly and uninterestingly, and on the other dodges all kinds of question with sloppy reasoning that can only be called excuses. He often sounds like the true selector: this fits the German spirit, this doesn't. The only end-result could be the truly nazist, but, surprise surprise, it turns out to be quite interesting. When he's allowed to pose his question and wh ...more
Dan Dearlove
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t say I understood a lot of what was being discussed here. There were many German and Ancient Greek terms that were new to me. I very much enjoyed what I did understand and will soon undertake a second reading.
Alex Obrigewitsch
Need to re-read. A good segue into Heidegger's later thought. ...more
Jacob Hurley
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heidegger sets out to ask the question 'Why is there something instead of nothing?', and proceeds to analyze this question to demonstrate the importance of Being. He begins with the consideration of Nietzsche (that being is a vapor that has no substance or meaning) and the positivists (that being is not a predicate, but rather a logical-linguistic tool, a copula), while also noting that historically value HAS been placed on Being. He notes that while we obviously seem to have no way to clearly d ...more
Seth
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more than I did. While I have found many of Heidegger's ideas useful in the past—ideas like "being-in-the-world," "being-with-others," "being ready-at-hand" vs. "being present-at-hand," "gelsassenheit," his phenomenology of tool use, etc.—and while I occasionally found things I liked in this book, I found more to dislike than like. I found his translations and hermaneutic interpretations of Heraclitis, Paramenides and Sophicles tortured and tendentious, and his overall ...more
Michael Ledezma
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read right after Being and Time, or at least after Basic Problems. It offers a seamless transition into the Kehre, which is actually threefold, and not as is commonly held, a difference between Heidegger I and II. This book puts the reader right in the thick of Being's relation to aletheia as unconcealment, and does a hell of a job at thoroughly explaining the 4 main oppositions to Being that were originally, and originarilly posited by the Greeks at the inception of Western ...more
Stephen Crawford
I found many quotable passages and genuine insights in Heidegger. When all is said and done, he and I would have stood together against modernity.

However, there were a few troublesome spots which I must call attention to. First of all, his translations of the early Greek philosophers Parmenides and Heraclitus were highly idiosyncratic. It seemed obvious that he was reading an undue amount of meaning into mere fragments, and attempting to create a narrative which favored his own philosophy. The s
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Glenn
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This f***in' guy...

For years I have heard people say, "Wow, it's hard to believe Heidegger was a Nazi." Fifty pages into this 1935 book, transcribed from a series of lectures, he starts yammering on about the reclamation of German "greatness" based on a Greek model and you're like...well of course he was a Nazi.

But a Nazi who is still taken seriously today in part because the world of philosophy doesn't cancel easily. And because the insight that stand apart from the nationalism are still worth
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Marco
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Upon opening this book Dasein is being thrown into a brilliant exposition of the question of being and the occurence of an equally interesting interpretation of greek poetry along the lines of said exposition. In particular the split between thinking and being that Heideggers perceives to have taken place in the history of western thought is awarded a lot of spaces and should be awarded with adequate attention. However, what Heidegger has to say (in uncharacteristically clear terms) regarding po ...more
Alexander
This is a formidable text. (I can imagine some poor soul wandering into Borders hoping to find a clear and concise introductory text on metaphysics, only to purchase this and subsequently swear off philosophy forever.) Nonetheless, it's well worth getting through, since it contains one of Heidegger's most thorough engagements with the Greeks (Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Sophocles figure prominently) and some tantalizing glimpses into his views on contemporary politics. ...more
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