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Introduction to Metaphysics

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Contains a series of lectures delivered by Heidegger in 1935 at the University of Freiburg. In this work Heidegger presents the broadest and most intelligible account of the problem of being, as he sees this problem. First, he discusses the relevance of it by pointing out how this problem lies at the root not only of the most basic metaphysical questions but also of our hu ...more
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Published August 11th 2000 by Yale University Press (first published July 1929)
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Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
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 pressure
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
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 compr
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Steven Peterson
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2013 added it
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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
Abdulla Awachi
مراجعة كتاب " مدخل إلى الميتافيزيقيا "
لـ الفيلسوف الألماني "مارتن هايدغر"

مارتن هايدغر فيلسوف متأخر زمانياً عن العصور و القرون التي عرفت الفلاسفة من قبله ، لكني أعتبره مجدداً حقيقياً في عالم الفلسفة ، ذلك التجديد الذي أسس ركائزه من خلال إعادة نبش و استكشاف التراث الإغريقي الأول ، مخالفاً بذلك الطرح المعتاد و المتكرر و القراءة التي تعوّد الفلاسفة السابقون أن يقرأوا بها التراث الفلسفي الإغريقي.

جوهر فلسفة هايدغر يمكن إعتباره في إعادة "التأويل" للتراث الفلسفي الإغريقي ، تأويلاً يغوص فيه لعمق الألفاظ
Alex Kartelias
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lena Chilari
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Să ne închipuim o clipă pământul cufundat în imensitatea întunecată a spațiului cosmic. Astfel privit, el este un minuscul fir de nisip; iar pe suprafața acestui minuscul fir de nisip trăiește o gloată buimacă, târându-se de-a valma, pasămite de animale inteligente, care pentru o clipă au inventat cunoașterea.
May 18, 2009 rated it liked it
"Professor Heidegger, what is Metaphysics?"

"Good question."

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

Michael Ledezma
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
John Doe
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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I read about these people who built a monument in protest of national socialism, in a public space. It was in Hamburg, I think. Tricky thing was, monuments are usually large, enduring, etc. Fascists love building large, enduring things in public spaces. So, how do you build in rebellion to these things?

This is what they did. They dug a hole in the ground. Then they mounted a high tower above the hole. Each year, they lowered the tower deeper and deeper into the hole, until it disappeared fully
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 15, 2010 added it
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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.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What is the nature of existence? And how do we even begin to talk about what it means to "be"? These questions are some of the deepest and fundamental to philosophical thought. Changed my life.
Ahmed Abdelazim
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
قرأت رسالته في الماهية فقط لانني سأستعين بها في قراءة لاحقه
Paul Cockeram
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Quite a creative way of playing with language, a mesmerizing camouflage of a dearth. 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 passages would probably be as good.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very useful for approaching other works (S&Z particularly).
Frankie Della Torre
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Introduction to Metaphysics is compiled from a series of lectures Heidegger delivered at the University of Freiburg in 1935.

He takes up the question of the meaning of Being, of course. Evidently, Heidegger thought that this particular work of essays, more than other publications, provided ideal commentary on his magnum opus, Being and Time. In a way, Heidegger's main attempt in this work, and in his entire corpus, is to awaken a re-investigation about the meaning of Being. Of course, we use
Alessandro Veneri
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mai avrei pensato che una disamina di ontologia fondamentale avesse potuto appassionarmi al punto da pormi delle domande sull’intera storia della filosofia occidentale. Certo, avrei potuto pensare che ci fosse qualche imperfezione esegetica nell’impianto filosofico odierno, che il lavoro contemporaneo avesse la valenza di continuare a lavorare sulle fonti in maniera più sistematica, di continuare il procedimento dialettico nel confronto di interpretazioni, ma che ben poco la filosofia potesse di ...more
Daniel I.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Heidegger, întrebarea fundamentală, de prim rang a metafizicii este formulată în felul următor: "De ce este de fapt fiinţare, şi nu, mai curând nimic?". Aceasta este întrebarea hotărâtoare a metafizicii. Astfel, titlul cărţii s-ar putea traduce în "Introducere în întrebarea privitoare la fiinţă".

"De ce este de fapt fiinţare, şi nu, mai curând, nimic?". Aceasta este întrebarea în jurul căreia se desfăşoară cartea. Efortul se concentrează asupra găsirii unui răspuns la această întrebare. De ase
Jacob Aitken
Thesis and Conclusion: our asking “Why is there being rather than Nothing?” is a historical process and in that process opens us to different vistas. Heidegger concludes, “Being is the basic happening which first makes possible historical Dasein amid the disclosure of the essent as a whole” (Heidegger 201).

So what is “being?” It is permanence, already-thereness, given--enduring presence (202). When we ask “why is there essents rather than nothing,” our questioning is itself placed midway between
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As interesting as it is dangerous... Heidegger digs deep back into the history of metaphysics, clearing the errors and avoiding the Holzwege of what went before him. His thinking and explaining is never clearer than in this book. He explains to us why the appearance / Being dichotomy is wrongly conceived by modern thinkers, he explains how we must ask the question of Sein rightly...

It is a very deep book, carefully worked out and thoroughly analyzing the history of philosophy. It is a perfect in
Flor Coss
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frase casi final:
"Poder preguntar significa ser capaz de esperar, aunque fuese toda una vida."

Este es un libro breve, producto de un curso dictado por Heidegger. Su brevedad, en comparación a Ser y tiempo o a Aportes a la filosofía no le quita calidad al contenido ni importancia si se planea acceder al primer capítulo de Das Ereignis que versa sobre el "primer inicio", sobretodo el capítulo cuarto ("La delimitación del ser") que es todo un desarrollo de la "descomposición" de lo que los griegos
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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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