Introduction to Philosophy - Thinking and Poetizing

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First published in 1990 as the second part of volume 50 of Heidegger’s Complete
Works, Introduction to Philosophy presents Heidegger’s final lecture course given at the
University of Freiburg in 1944 before he was drafted into the German army. While the lecture is incomplete, Heidegger provides a clear and provocative discussion of the relation between philosophy and poetry by analyzing Nietzsche’s poetry. Here, Heidegger explores themes such ...

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Overview

First published in 1990 as the second part of volume 50 of Heidegger’s Complete
Works, Introduction to Philosophy presents Heidegger’s final lecture course given at the
University of Freiburg in 1944 before he was drafted into the German army. While the lecture is incomplete, Heidegger provides a clear and provocative discussion of the relation between philosophy and poetry by analyzing Nietzsche’s poetry. Here, Heidegger explores themes such as the home and homelessness, the age of technology, globalization, postmodernity, the philosophy of poetry and language, aesthetics, and the role of philosophy in society. Translated into English for the first time, this text will be of particular interest to those who study Heidegger’s politics and political philosophy.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

John McCumber

"Heidegger’s Introduction to Philosophy—Thinking and Poetizing sheds important light on his thinking in 1944, when the lectures of which it is composed were given. By way of discussing Nietzsche’s poems in terms of the distinction between thinking and poetizing, it clarifies both what that distinction is and how it works in Heidegger’s thought. Wisely chosen appendices and supplements give further clarification. The translation, by Phillip Jacques Braunstein, is superlative. Braunstein has deep knowledge of Heidegger and of German, and his instincts are unerring. He manages well the inevitable trade-offs between English readability and faithfulness to the German. This will be recognized as one of the best translations of Heidegger into English ever produced. The combination of illuminating texts by Heidegger and the brilliant translationby Braunstein recommend the book for adoption in advanced undergraduate courses." —John McCumber, University of California, Los Angeles

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"Heidegger’s Introduction to Philosophy—Thinking and Poetizing sheds important light on his thinking in 1944, when the lectures of which it is composed were given. By way of discussing Nietzsche’s poems in terms of the distinction between thinking and poetizing, it clarifies both what that distinction is and how it works in Heidegger’s thought.
Wisely chosen appendices and supplements give further clarification. The translation, by Phillip
Jacques Braunstein, is superlative. Braunstein has deep knowledge of Heidegger and of German, and his instincts are unerring. He manages well the inevitable trade-offs between English readability and faithfulness to the German. This will be recognized as one of the best translations of Heidegger into English ever produced. The combination of illuminating texts by Heidegger and the brilliant translationby Braunstein recommend the book for adoption in advanced undergraduate courses." —John McCumber, University of California, Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253355911
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Jacques Braunstein teaches in the philosophy department at Loyola Marymount
University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Translator's
Foreword


  • Introduction
    Introduction to Philosophy as a Guide to Genuine Thinking through the Thinker Nietzsche and the Poet
    Hölderlin
    1. The Impossibility of an
    Intro-duction to Philosophy
    2. The Need for a Guide to Become at
    Home in Genuine Thinking
    3. The Manifold Ways for a Guide to Genuine
    Thinking. The Question: "What Now Is?"
    4. The Consideration of Thinking in its Relation to Poetizing as One of the Ways for a Guide to Genuine Thinking. Nietzsche and
    Hölderlin
    5. The Confrontation with Thinking that Encounters us
    Historically: Nietzsche's Main and Fundamental Thought
    Review (First
    Draft)

  • Chapter 1
    The Fundamental
    Experience and Fundamental Attunement of Nietzsche's
    Thinking
    6. The Godlessness and Worldlessness of the Modern Human as Nietzsche's Fundamental Experience
    a) The
    "Creation" of the Gods by Humans
    b) The Scope of the Thought of the
    Human as the "Creating One," the "Creative" in the Human
    c) The
    "Metaphysical" Ground of the Thought of the Creative Human: The Modern Determination of the Essence of the Human
    d) Ποιεῖν Thought in a Greek
    Way
    e) The Worldlessness of the Modern
    Human
    7. The Homelessness of the Modern Human as Nietzsche's Fundamental
    Attunement
    a) The Loss of the Previous Home in the Anticipating and
    Searching for the New Home
    b) Rationality that Merely Calculates and the Forgetting of the Western Historical
    Determination

  • Chapter 2
    The
    Creation of the New Home Out of the Will to
    Power
    8. The Homeless Ones as the Conquerors and
    Discoverers of the New Home
    9. Nietzsche's Main Thought: The Will to
    Power as Essenz (Essence) of Beings and as the Final Fact. The Veiled Difference between Being and
    Beings
    Thinking and Poetizing
    Considerations for the
    Lecture

  • Introduction
    Thinking and Poetizing:
    Philosophy and Poetry (σοφία and
    ποιεῖν)
    1. The Comparing of Thinking and
    Poetizing. Genuine Comparing
    2. The Measure-Setting of the Decisive
    Thinkers and Poets for the Assessment of the Essence of Thinking and
    Poetizing
    3. The Necessity of a Preparation for the Hearing of Thinking and Poetizing
    4. Reflection on Thinking and Poetizing and Their
    Relationship. The Question-Worthy as the Standard for
    Contemplation

  • Supplements
    Second
    Version of the Review: Introduction to Philosophy—Thinking and Poetizing
    Review of pp. 105ff. (Nietzsche. On the Relationship between Thinking and Poetizing)
    Second Version of the Manuscript pp. 4-5: On Thinking and Poetizing. Considerations for the Lecture
    (Preliminary Questions for the Reflection on Thinking and Poetizing)
    Two Fragmentary
    Versions of Manuscript p. 12
    a) First Fragmentary Version
    b) Second Fragmentary
    Version
    Notes to the Lecture: Introduction to Philosophy—Thinking and
    Poetizing
    The Eternal Return of the
    Same
    The Will to Power—the Eternal Return of the
    Same

  • Appendix to Nietzsche's
    Metaphysics
    Notes to Nietzsche's Metaphysics
    Who Is
    Zarathustra? A Confrontation with Nietzsche
    Nietzsche's Thus Spoke
    Zarathustra
    Return and Übermensch
    Eternal Return of the Same and Übermensch
    Zarathustra's
    Preface

  • Lecture Announcements:
    Transcriptions and Facsimiles

  • Editor's
    Afterword

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