The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude

The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude


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The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude by Martin Heidegger, Richard Polt

This book, the text of Martin Heidegger's lecture course of 1929/30, is crucial for an understanding of Heidegger's transition from the major work of his early years, Being and Time, to his later preoccupations with language, truth, and history. First published in German in 1983 as volume 29/30 of Heidegger’s collected works, The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics presents an extended treatment of the history of metaphysics and an elaboration of a philosophy of life and nature. Heidegger’s concepts of organism, animal behavior, and environment are uniquely developed and defined with intensity. Of major interest is Heidegger's brilliant phenomenological description of the mood of boredome, which he describes as a "fundamental attunement" of modern times.

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ISBN-13: 9780253214294
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,050,164
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

William McNeill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. He is co-translator (with Julia Davis) of Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister" by Martin Heidegger.

Nicholas Walker is Research Fellow in philosophy and literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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