Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger

George Steiner

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0226772322

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With characteristic lucidity and style, Steiner makes Heidegger's immensely difficult body of work accessible to the general reader. In a new introduction, Steiner addresses language and philosophy and the rise of Nazism.

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Todtnauberg, when the foremost poet in the language after Hölderlin and Rilke sought out the “secret king of thought,” blasphemed against Heidegger’s own cardinal sense of the holiness of asking. It may, for our epoch at least, have made irreparable the breach between human need and speculative thought, between the music of thought that is philosophy and that of being which is poetry. Much in Western consciousness has its instauration in the banishment of the poets from the Platonic city. In

destiny. All the terms, with their portentous and threatening overtones, interlock: “Only authentic temporality which is at the same time finite makes possible something like fate, that is to say, authentic historicality.” Sein und Zeit breaks off in midstream. Heidegger closes with a series of unanswered questions. Being was to be explained aus der Zeit (“by virtue of,” “from within,” “in derivation from” time). The third part, which, so far as is known, was never written, was intended to

more real. And Heidegger’s penetration of this paradox leaves traditional aesthetics far behind. Creation should be custody; a human construction should be the elicitation and housing of the great springs of being. But we know that reality is otherwise. Technology has ravaged the earth and degraded natural forms to mere utility. Man has labored and thought not with but against the grain of things. He has not given lodging to the forces and creatures of the natural world but made them homeless.

death, in Messkirch. Buried in the graveyard which he passed daily as a schoolboy. Publication of the first two volumes of the planned Gesamtausgabe (“Complete Works”). SHORT BIBLIOGRAPHY WORKS BY HEIDEGGER AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH Individual Volumes What Is Philosophy?, tr. W. Kluback and J. T. Wilde (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1958). The Question of Being, tr. W. Kluback and J. T. Wilde (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1959). Introduction to Metaphysics, tr. Ralph Manheim (New

Grene, in Boundary 24 (1976). FURTHER READING The bibliography of books and articles on Heidegger now contains more than four thousand items. The greater part of the literature can be found listed in Hans-Martin Sass: Heidegger-Bibliographie (Meisenheim am Glan, 1968) and Materialien zu Heidegger-Bibliographie 1917–71 (Meisenheim, 1975). The best short introduction is Winfried Franzen’s Martin Heidegger (Stuttgart, 1976), which itself contains important bibliographies. The English-speaking

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