The Philosophy of Heidegger

The Philosophy of Heidegger

by Michael Watts


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773539174
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Series: Continental European Philosophy Series , #12
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Watts is a professional psychologist and independent writer. He has published widely on existentialist philosophy, including Kierkegaard.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations x

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

Glossary 263

Further reading 284

Bibliography 286

Index 292

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