How to Read Heidegger

How to Read Heidegger 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

  • Title: How to Read Heidegger
  • Author: Mark A. Wrathall Simon Critchley
  • ISBN: 9780393328806
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 partiMartin 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.

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    1. کمک و مدخل خوبی برای هایدگر خواندن، از یک هایدگرشناس سرشناس. در واقع با حدی از بدبینی و پیش‌داوری نسبت به ترجمه، کتاب را از قفسه برداشتم. ولی ترجمه‌ی کتاب (به خصوص با مقابله‌ی گه‌گاه متن انگلیسی) نهایتا راضی‌کننده بود. در کل ترجمه‌های نسبتا کم‌شمار خوب از هایدگر هم، به دلیل [...]

    2. I had problems understanding Being and Time, thus I found this book in the library and started to read it. Fortunately, the first half of the book is dedicated to Being and Time. This book does a great job of summarizing and simplifying the complicated concepts in Heidegger's book. The second half of the book explained other notions about art, language, technology mostly from The Origin of the Work of Art, On the Way to Language, The Question Concerning Technology, and Other Essays, Poetry, Lang [...]

    3. I bought this book before I took a course on Heidegger's "Being and Time" in college, as my professor had told me beforehand that Heidegger's writing can sometimes be full of jargon and somewhat dense, so it seemed a good idea. While this book is a good help when it comes to deciphering Heidegger's philosophies and language, I find that it probably wouldn't be a good read for anyone who doesn't have a reason to read it, as it's really only a 'Heidegger for dummies' book that expounds on his cano [...]

    4. I'm torn about this book: On the one hand, it's a digestible introduction to Heidegger's important thinking--though it neglects the centrality of "care" to Dasein (death has crucial possibilities more than just responsibility and authenticity). On the other hand, it flounders when faced with the catastrophic consequences of Heidegger's thinking--how his thinking misled him to be a deluded reactionary and inauthentic human being (on his own terms).Heidegger is the post-modern retreat, the wringin [...]

    5. Wrathall does an incredible job of writing a deep, insightful explication of Heidegger's philosophy while managing to avoid both of cardinal problems of books of this type, namely: 1) bogging the reader down with endless specifics and 2) being so vague and general as to convey little applicable knowledge to the reader. Avoiding these two converse problems, Wrathall manages to give the reader a workable understanding of Heidegger's central concepts and goals (e.g the meaning of being, Dasein, bei [...]

    6. In my opinion, this book was a good start for the philosophy and structure of Heidegger's thoughts, just as any other book in the "How to Read" collection. The Persian translation was not perfect at all with many typos and punctuation problems which makes it really annoying sometimes to read a rather difficult technical text. Again, to me the writer has done a good job, pointing out the most important aspects of Heidegger's concern about the universe, addressed mostly in his great work "Being an [...]

    7. Terrific little book. Makes eminent sense of one of the most obscure philosophers in history. All that sense-making does beg the question, though: what purpose did Heidegger's obscurity serve? To the extent that Heidegger wielded language in technically precise ways, I suppose one might argue that his particular brand of obscurantism was in the service of analytic rigor. To this reader, the cost of that rigor is simply too high, especially when the same arguments Heidegger made can, as this book [...]

    8. Easily the most digestible presentation of Heidegger's philosophy that I've encountered. Highly recommend for anyone wanting an introduction to Heidegger before taking the plunge into Being and Time.

    9. I really enjoyed this book on Heidegger's writings. It was written by a Brigham Young University professor who is knowledgeable about the subject and is also able to write in a way that is comprehensible and understandable. This book really helped me with my Existentialism class.

    10. کتاب بسیار جالبی بود هر چند متن بسیار سنگین و گه گاه غیر قابل درک بود و میتوانست نشانگر این باشد که حق با هایدگر است و زبان نمیتواند مطالب را حتی نسبتا کامل منتقل کند

    11. Attended a talk with Wrathall a while back. He was a gracious and dynamic speaker. Picked this up and it's a great intro/clear way to understand the basics of a fairly obscure philosopher.

    12. Brilliant insight into Heidegger's visionary work that, rather than offer an oversimplified summary, provides an encouraging starting point for further investigation.

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