Basic Writings

Basic Writings

From Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964)

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Basic Writings is the finest single-volume anthology of the work of Martin Heidegger, widely considered one of the most important modern philosophers. Its selections offer a full range of the influential author's writings--including "The Origin of the Work of Art," the introduction to Being and Time, "What Is Metaphysics?," "Letter on Humanism," "The Question Concerning Technology," "The Way to Language," and "The End of Philosophy." Featuring a foreword by Heidegger scholar Taylor Carman, this essential collection provides readers with a concise introduction to the groundbreaking philosophy of this brilliant and essential thinker.

Publisher: London ; Toronto : HarperPerennial Modern Thought, 2008.
Edition: Revised and expanded edition
ISBN: 9780061627019
Branch Call Number: 193 Heide 2008
Characteristics: xxii, 452 pages
Additional Contributors: Krell, David Farrell


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Dec 10, 2019

The wonky haziness of the manner of writing... so affected, and therefore could be very irritating, if weren't also quite mesmerizing. Essays 4 and 5 would probably be the best places to begin, and I found essays 3, 9, and 10 to be the most interesting and insightful.
The book has many bits that could serve as aphorism: "questioning is the piety of thought."(p.341), but contained within this set of essays is the notorious 'the nothing noths' which was ridiculed by positivists, and people who value clarity generally; it is here translated as "the nothing itself nihilates" (p.103). Other quotable bits are "History is the transporting of a people into its appointed task as entry into that people's endowment" (p.202) - he was, it should be noted, a Nazi by the time he wrote this.

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