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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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Chad The most difficult book I can think of that despite its reputation as a colossus of incomprehensibility, it is a must-read. It's easier to make it a l…moreThe most difficult book I can think of that despite its reputation as a colossus of incomprehensibility, it is a must-read. It's easier to make it a life's work like I have, to slowly read everything MH wrote. In German. What I have understood, I promise you were worth the "effort." The way MH viewed our place in the world becomes more beautiful and less (what appears, at first to be) pretentious-jargony-phenomenology-ontology-incomprehensible type of "work." And if "work" is the apt word for what I am doing reading MH, then it has become a labor of love.
For you to see things like MH did to write B&T... it is an adventure back to yourself in a way I cannot say anything else has affected me. Or you, or all the other Daseins.

He embeds the subject back into the world, man! Read it.(less)

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Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Is it unreadable? Yes. Were the 17 words I did understand enough to blow my mind and change my life and understanding of philosophy and being? Yep.
Arjun Ravichandran
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sein und Zeit = Being and Time, Martin Heidegger

Being and Time is a 1927 book by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in which the author seeks to analyse the concept of Being.

The book attempts to revive ontology through an analysis of Dasein, or "being-in-the-world." Heidegger maintains that philosophers have misunderstood the concept of Being since Plato, misapplying it solely in the analysis of particular beings.

The work is also noted for its array of neologisms and complex language, as
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
T.S. Eliot, Lines to a Persian Cat

Towards the end of his life, Martin Heidegger cryptically said, "Animals don't die. They perish."

Well, what's the DIFF here?

You see, what he means is that there's no emotional Grunge in critters' lives. What they see is what they get. They don't worry - they're happy - with death. It's "but a sleep and a forgetting" for them.

Not us, t
Roy Lotz
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
Alexandru Jr.
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Pooja Kashyap
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 03, 2012 added it
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

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. ...more
Jodi Lu
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 any app ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
This is the best book I have ever read. I had no problem with the translator, Joan Staumbaugh seemed to have done a very good job. I couldn't imagine reading this book in German even if I spoke fluent German because the way Heidegger appropriates words. This edition provides Heidegger's added footnotes and the edition provides a much needed and used by me Lexicon for the Latin and Greek phrases.

I had no idea what "Being and Time" was going to be about before I read it. Every synopsis that I had
Erik Graff
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Heidegger fans
Recommended to Erik by: Paul Schaich
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my third and final attempt at Heidegger's Sein und Zeit (1927). Having read a Dutch edition and listened to a lot of material prior to this final reading attempt, I can honestly say I both understood much much better where Heidegger is coming from and appreciate much more his attempt.

What he claims, basically, is that ever since Plato and Aristotle, the whole of western philosophy and science have occupied themselves with the world of reality (the ontic world). Layer upon layer of metap
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jonah Swan
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ian "Marvin" Graye

Parmenides:“Being appears as the pure fullness of the permanent, gathered within it, untouched by unrest and change.”

Heraclitus:“Everything is in flux. There is no being. Everything "is" becoming.”

Pindar:“Mayest thou by learning come forth as what thou art.”



What becomes is not yet. What is need no longer become. What "is", the being, has left all becoming behind it if indeed it ever became or could become. What "is" in the authentic sense also resists
robin friedman
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some Thoughts On Approaching Being And Time

Martin Heidegger's (1889 -- 1976) "Being and Time" (1927), together with Ludwig Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations" is one of the seminal philosophical works of the Twentieth Century. The work still remains difficult, obscure, and highly controversial. The book, and its author, provoke wildly varying responses. This translation, by Macquarrie and Robinson dates from 1962 and appeared in paperback only in 2008 with a useful introduction by phil
This I will re-read, and re-read, and re-read, until I get all the chapters. This book actually blew me away and made me think differently about a lot.
My philosophy teacher told us to fall in love with the philosopher we're studying , like he had with Heidegger, and so I did too (completely ignoring the fact he was a nazi).
I will return to this very soon.
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Quick notes on my fourth time with this book and my first time listening. I would strongly suggest listening rather than reading. 1) Heidegger is definitely a Fascist and it comes through clearly in multiple parts of this book and if those parts don't jump out at you, you probably missing at what he is getting at 2)Heidegger is a very good writer but is best appreciated when listened to not read 2)Heidegger is an anti-realist but doesn't know it (see A Thing of This World, A History of Continent ...more
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book made my life come back into light. It also serves as proof that philosophy is about life, and nothing else. Being and Time renewed a sense of autonomy and history that I hadn't thought possible, my responsibility for the places, people, and meanings I carry with me, and those that I choose to leave behind. ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My third reading of this book, a relatively fast reading with a view towards the big picture, and after reading about 20-30 other Heidegger's books. Some impressions below.
This is only the public tip of the iceberg that was Heidegger and his ideas. He did not care to publish at all; but he needed to publish something for his professorship. Consequently, he put something together fast and published “Being and Time”. This book made him known and famous beyond his university, peers, and students.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who wish to map the realm of a hyphenated abstraction that displaces Hegel's Absolute Truth
3 X 3 X 3 = 27


1. It's about time:

(view spoiler)

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
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory
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.
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f, must-read
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
Jack Stephens
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
One shouldn’t forget that Pythagorean cryptic utterance: “Do not cut in two what is on the road.”

Philosophy indeed, it seems, is a road. The utterance means then: choose that philosophy and that road to wisdom in which you will not ‘cut in two’, in which you will propound, not contradictions, but firm and unchanging truths. Yet with the introduction of that scission dividing the ontic and the ontological, we find ourselves sitting at the very road cut in two we swore would be untouched. As the p
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
May 09, 2012 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
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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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