In The Philosophy of Heidegger, Michael Watts provides an overview of Heidegger's thoughts that is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Free from jargon and the standard idioms of academic philosophical writing, Watts uses several illustrations and concrete examples to introduce key Heideggerian concepts such as thrownness, the clearing, authenticity, falling, moods, nullity, temporality, Ereignis, enframing, dwelling, and Gelassenheit. He avoids over-involvement with the secondary literature and with wider philosophical debates, which gives the writing an immediate, accessible voice. Ranging widely across Heidegger's writings, the book displays an impressively thorough knowledge of his corpus, navigating the difficult relationship between the earlier and later texts and giving the reader a strong sense of the fundamental motives and overall continuity of Heidegger's thought.
A comprehensive glossary of Heideggerian terms provides insightful explanations of his unique use of language, making this book an asset for any student grappling with Heidegger's challenging work.
About the Author
Michael Watts is a professional psychologist and independent writer. He has published widely on existentialist philosophy, including Kierkegaard.
Table of Contents
1 Heidegger's life 1
2 The meaning of life: the question of Being 13
3 The central ideas in Being and Time 39
4 Conscience, guilt and authenticity 81
5 Being-towards-death 95
6 Dasein's primordial temporality 116
7 The "truth of aletheia" and language 141
8 Heidegger on poetry, poets and Holderlin 175
9 Heidegger on art 198
10 Heidegger on technology 217
11 Tao, Zen and Heidegger 230
12 Heidegger's politics 245
Further reading 284