Martin Heidegger / Edition 2

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Understanding Heidegger is essential for anyone who wants to understand current literary theory, and this guide is essential for anyone seeking to understand Heidegger.
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Library Journal
Although Martin Heidegger seems to be most often remembered today for his collaboration with the Nazis, his revolutionary philosophical ideas provide the seeds for the postmodern philosophies of thinkers as diverse as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Hans Georg Gadamer. While most studies of Heidegger focus on the philosophy of Being (Dasein) he espoused in the monumental Being and Time, Clark (The Theory of Inspiration) offers the first study of Heidegger's philosophy of language and literature. Through a close reading of Heidegger's famous lecture, "The Origin of the Work of Art," and his "elucidations" on the German Romantic poet Helderlin, Clark demonstrates that poetry resists the domination and control of traditional metaphysics, opening up its own space for knowing the world and being in it. Clark nimbly explains Heidegger's difficult philosophical concepts with a series of boxed illustrations and chapter summaries. In spite of Clark's efforts, though, his book requires some previous acquaintance with Heidegger, postmodernity, literary criticism, and philosophy. Since the book is narrowly focused, only academic libraries and public libraries that serve a large college population should purchase it. For public libraries, Rediger Safranski's Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil (LJ 3/15/98) remains the standard study. Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415590907
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,223,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Clark is based at Durham University. He is co-editor of the Oxford Literary Review and author of Derrida, Heidegger, Blanchot: Sources of Derrida's Notion and Practice of Literature (1992), The Theory of Inspiration (2000), The Poetics of Singularlity (2006) and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment(2010).

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Why Heidegger? 1
1 The limits of the theoretical 9
2 Deep history (Geschichle) 27
3 'The Origin of the Work of Art' 41
4 The death of art? 61
5 Language, tradition and the craft of thinking 71
Quizzical interlude: what is a literary work? 93
6 Heidegger and the poetic 97
7 Nazism, poetry and the political 121
After Heidegger 139
Further Reading 155
Works cited 167
Index 177
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