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Martin Heidegger is perhaps the most influential, yet least readily understood, philosopher of the last century. Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger’s dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger’s early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives.
Wrathall pays particular attention to Heidegger’s revolutionary analysis of human existence as inextricably shaped by a shared world. This leads to an exploration of Heidegger’s views on the banality of public life and the possibility of authentic anticipation of death as a response to that banality. Wrathall reviews Heidegger’s scandalous involvement with National Socialism, situating it in the context of Heidegger’s views about the movement of world history. He also explains Heidegger’s important accounts of truth, art, and language.
Extracts are taken from Heidegger’s magnum opus, Being and Time, as well as a variety of his best-known essays and lectures.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||How to Read Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Mark Wrathall is associate professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University. He has edited or coedited a number of volumes on Heidegger’s thought, including Heidegger Reexamined; Appropriating Heidegger; Heidegger, Coping and Cognitive Science; and Heidegger, Authenticity and Modernity.
Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, Bowie, Memory Theatre and Suicide.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This may not be your first book in philosohpy, but could be good for a second book. Easy to read. And will give the reader some ideas here and there even if you are an old hand at it. Heidegger's whole project can be seeing as combating against cartesian phenomenology. Heidegger's phenomenology is a very earthy one. (thats why he is often called the redneck philosopher.) As usual with Heidegger's stuff, it starts a bit slow. The last two chapter were great. And the gloomy forecast of human future as a techno slave is where it should end. (I was a bit depressed here, the end of western ratoinalistic philosophy.)But make your own opinon about that. Jacobjob6