Heidegger's Philosophy of Being: A Critical Interpretation

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This scrupulously researched and rigorously argued book is the first to interpret and evaluate the central topic of Martin Heidegger's philosophy--his celebrated "Question of Being"--in the context of the full range of Heidegger's thought. With this comprehensive approach, Herman Philipse distinguishes in unprecedented ways the center from the periphery, the essential from the incidental in Heidegger's philosophy. Among other achievements, this allows him to shed new light on the controversial relationship ...

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Overview

This scrupulously researched and rigorously argued book is the first to interpret and evaluate the central topic of Martin Heidegger's philosophy--his celebrated "Question of Being"--in the context of the full range of Heidegger's thought. With this comprehensive approach, Herman Philipse distinguishes in unprecedented ways the center from the periphery, the essential from the incidental in Heidegger's philosophy. Among other achievements, this allows him to shed new light on the controversial relationship between Heidegger's life and thought--in particular the connections between his philosophy and his involvement with Nazism.

Philipse begins by explaining which problems an interpretation of Heidegger's question of being should solve, and he specifies which type of interpretation is the best basis for an evaluation of Heidegger's thought. He then identifies various strands or leitmotifs in Heidegger's idea of being, and shows how these strands hang together in the philosopher's work. In doing so, Philipse offers new insights into Heidegger's views on such subjects as human existence, authenticity, logic, and language, and into his readings of such philosophers as Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche. Philipse then integrates into his interpretation of Heidegger's overall theory the latest scholarship about the philosopher's engagement with Nazism. Finally, Philipse examines the fundamental structures of Heidegger's philosophy and assesses whether Heidegger's views are true, probable, or possess some other epistemic or existential value.

As the most thorough interpretation of Heidegger's theory of being now available, this work represents a new phase in the vigorous debate about the philosopher's life and works.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
A clear, well structured and provocative study of Heidegger's corpus.
Time Magazines Literary Supplement
A clear, well structured and provocative study of Heidegger's corpus.
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"A clear, well structured and provocative study of Heidegger's corpus."--Times Literary Supplement
Booknews
Explores the relationship between Heidegger's personal life and his philosophy, and, in turn, between his philosophy and his political beliefs, chiefly his much-speculated-upon relationship to Nazism. To this end, Philipse (philosophy, U. of Leiden) examines and critiques Heidegger's fundamental philosophy of being, focusing mainly on his most important work, , in an attempt to distinguish the essential from the peripheral in Heidegger's thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Charles Bambach
The Dutch philosopher Herman Philipse has just written an insightful but problematic book that attempts a kind of neo-Aristotelian assault against Sophistic rhetoric in its modern form as Nietzschean-Heidggerian philosophy. The book harbors bold ambitions. It attempts to offer a comprehensive analysis of Martin Heidegger's philosophical oeuvre from 1919-1976 and in so doing to show how Heidegger's work has had a devastating effect on 20th-century thinking. … Under Philipse's hand Heidegger becomes a kind of Bertrand Russell in Lederhosen.
The Boston Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691001197
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,112,471
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. I Introduction 3
1 Heidegger Absconditus 4
2 Heidegger on Logic 9
3 The Philosophy of Sein und Zeit 15
4 The Question of Being: Six Problems 31
5 Ways of Interpretation 45
Ch. II Analysis 67
6 An Interpretative Hypothesis 68
7 The Meta-Aristotelian Theme 77
8 The Phenomenologico-Hermeneutical Theme 98
9 The Transcendental Theme 121
10 The Neo-Hegelian Theme 151
11 The Postmonotheist Theme 172
Ch. III Synthesis 211
12 Forms of Synthesis 214
13 The Turn (die Kehre) 233
14 Heidegger and Hitler 246
15 Heidegger and Nietzsche 276
Ch. IV Critique 291
16 The Later Works 296
17 An Evaluation of Sein und Zeit 317
18 Death and the Multitude 346
Conclusion 375
List of Abbreviations 387
Notes 389
Bibliography 533
Index 545
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