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Holderlin's Hymn The Ister
     

Holderlin's Hymn The Ister

by Martin Heidegger, Richard Polt, Julia David (Translator)
 

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Martin Heidegger’s 1942 lecture course interprets Friedrich Hölderlin’s hymn "The Ister" within the context of Hölderlin’s poetic and philosophical work, with particular emphasis on Hölderlin’s dialogue with Greek tragedy. Delivered in summer 1942 at the University of Freiburg, this course was first published in German in 1984

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Martin Heidegger’s 1942 lecture course interprets Friedrich Hölderlin’s hymn "The Ister" within the context of Hölderlin’s poetic and philosophical work, with particular emphasis on Hölderlin’s dialogue with Greek tragedy. Delivered in summer 1942 at the University of Freiburg, this course was first published in German in 1984 as volume 53 of Heidegger's Collected Works. Revealing for Heidegger’s thought of the period are his discussions of the meaning of "the political" and "the national," in which he emphasizes the difficulty and the necessity of finding "one’s own" in and through a dialogue with "the foreign." In this context Heidegger reflects on the nature of translation and interpretation. A detailed reading of the famous chorus from Sophocles' Antigone, known as the "ode to man," is a key feature of the course.

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Review of Metaphysics

"Heidegger’s reading of 'The Ister' is thoughtful and rich. It provides his readers with the tools to build on his interpretation and to correct any missteps without doing violence to the whole." —Review of Metaphysics

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"Heidegger’s reading of 'The Ister' is thoughtful and rich. It provides his readers with the tools to build on his interpretation and to correct any missteps without doing violence to the whole." —Review of Metaphysics

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Heidegger's 1942 lecture course interpreting Friedrich H<:o>lderlin's (1770-1843) German poem within the context of the poet's whole body of work, emphasizing his dialogue with Greek tragedy. He discusses distinctions between The Political and The National and between One's Own and The Foreign. Translated from "H<:o>lderlins Hymne" Der Ister published in 1984 by Vittorio Kostermann in Franfurt am Main as volume 53 of Heidegger's Collected Works. Includes German/English and English/German glossaries. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253330642
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Studies in Continental Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

William McNeill is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and translator (with Nicholas Walker) of The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude by Martin Heidegger.

Julia Davis is Research Associate at Whitman College and former Fulbright Fellow at Freiburg University.

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