Heidegger: Thinking of Being

Heidegger: Thinking of Being

by Lee Braver


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Heidegger: Thinking of Being by Lee Braver

Martin Heidegger is among the most important philosophers of theTwentieth Century. Within the continental tradition, almost everygreat figure has been deeply influenced by his work. For thisreason, a full understanding of the course of modern philosophy isimpossible without at least a basic grasp of Heidegger.Unfortunately, his work is notoriously difficult, both because ofhis innovative ideas and his difficult writing style.

In this compelling book, Lee Braver cuts through the jargon topresent Heidegger’s ideas in clear English, usingilluminating examples and explications of thorny passages. In sodoing, he offers readers an accessible overview ofHeidegger’s entire career. The first half of the bookpresents a guide through Being and Time, Heidegger’searly masterpiece, while the second half covers the key themes ofhis later writing, including technology, subjectivity, history,nihilism, agency, and the nature of thought itself. AsHeidegger’s later work is deeply engaged with otherphilosophers, Braver explains the relevance of Plato, Descartes,Kant, and Nietzsche for Heidegger’s thought.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars tryingto find their way through Heidegger’s difficult ideas. Anyoneinterested in Twentieth Century continental philosophy must come toterms with Heidegger, and this book is the ideal place to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745664927
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lee Braver is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida, and the author of two previous books on Heidegger.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations x

Introduction: An Initial Orientation 1

Part I Being and Time 7

1 Introduction to Being and Time 9

2 Being and Time 1.
I–IV: Being-in and the World 22

3 Being and Time 1.
V–VI: The There and Care 49

4 Being and Time 2.
I–III. 64: Authenticity 76

5 Being and Time 2.
III. 65–VI: Temporality as the Meaning of Existence 98

6 Being and Time: Conclusion 126

Part II Later Heidegger 133

7 Introduction to the Later Heidegger 135

8 History, Nazism, the History of Being and of its Forgetting 140

9 Descartes, Thinking, and Free Will 157

10 Gratitude, Language, and Art 177

11 Technology, Nietzsche, and Nihilism 194

Conclusion: Influences, Developments, and Criticisms 207

Notes 214

References 223

Index 231

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