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Heidegger's Later Philosophy
by Julian Young
This book offers a clear and informative interpretation of Heidegger's extremely complex later philosophy (which is often dismissed as unintelligible mysticism), exploring its main themes and offering analyses of its most obscure formulations. It will be widely welcomed by students as well as scholars in Heidegger studies.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published February 11th 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published November 29th 2001)
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This book is simply not very good --- there are far better introductions to the later Heidegger. Just off the top of my head, Vycinas's "Earth and Gods", Polt's "Heidegger: An Introduction" and "Emergency of Being," von Herrmann's "Wege ins Ereignis," and Poggeler's "Denkweg Martin Heideggers" are all far superior. All of these books are perfectly clear and well-written (i.e. not bogged down in post-structuralism), and show a true interpretive depth. Young literally seems to have just written do ...more
A truly excellent overview of Heidegger's later writing, especially on technology and the gods. Young is by far the clearest expositor of the 20th-century Germans (see also his book on Nietzsche's philosophy of religion.) The Heidegger material this book covers can be maddeningly opaque, but Young takes a straightforward, methodical approach to clarifying it (and noting where it can't be clarified). It's also a good length - long enough to give a complete picture of the key concepts in late Heid ...more
Young advances a compelling view on which one can understand the large and meandering (that's a Heidegger joke) set of texts that comprise later Heidegger in terms of"dwelling," and I'm impressed by how clearly and succinctly he presents it. While I disagree with some central aspects of Young's approach, he also gets a lot of stuff right.