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Overview

The Principle of Reason, the text of an important and influential lecture course that
Martin Heidegger gave in 1955–56, takes as its focal point Leibniz’s principle: nothing is without reason. Heidegger shows here that the principle of reason is in fact a principle of being. Much of his discussion is aimed at bringing his readers to the "leap of thinking," which enables them to grasp the principle of reason as a principle of being. This text presents
Heidegger's most extensive reflection on the notion of history and its essence, the Geschick of being, which is considered on of the most important developments in Heidegger's later thought. One of Heidegger's most artfully composed texts, it also contains important discussions of language,
translation, reason, objectivity, and technology as well as remarkable readings of Leibniz, Kant,
Aristotle, and Goethe, among others.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Heim

"Recreates the intellectual footwork necessary for Heidegger’s leap from the terra cognita of modernity into the existential questions of the age of technology." —Michael Heim

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"Starting from Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." —Choice
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"Starting from Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." —Choice

Choice

"Starting from Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." —Choice

Library Journal
Lilly has ably translated a lecture course by Heidegger on Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason, which states that everything in the world has a rational explanation. Heidegger concentrates on placing the principle within his own complex account of the history of Being. He has little interest in the logical evaluation of the principle's validity in the style of analytic philosophy. Instead, he uses his customary method of probing the etymology of philosophical terms. Lilly pays close attention to every nuance of Heidegger's style and includes helpful discussions of key words and phrases. For admirers of Heidegger, the book is essential; for the curious, it provides a good look at how Heidegger philosophizes.-- David Gor don, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
Booknews
The text of a lecture course that Heidegger gave in 1955-56. It takes as its focal point Leibniz's principle: nothing is without reason. He shows here that the principle of reason is in fact a principle of being. Much of his discussion is aimed at bringing his readers to the reason as a principle of being. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253210661
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,395,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Reginald Lilly is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Skidmore College and editor of
The Ancients and the Moderns.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction
Foreword

Lecture
Course

Lecture One
Lecture Two
Lecture Three
Lecture
Four
Lecture Five
Lecture Six
Lecture Seven
Lecture
Eight
Lecture Nine
Lecture Ten
Lecture Eleven
Lecture
Twelve
Lecture Thirteen

Address
The Principle of
Reason

Bibliographical Notes
Notes on the
Translation
Glossaries

Indiana University Press

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