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Being and Time One of the most important philosophical works of our time, a work that has had tremendous influence on philosophy, literature, and psychology, and has literally changed the intellectual map of the modern world I would rate this as the number one philosophical book written in the 1900 s I wish I had read it in my twenties Given, it is at times frustrating to read, however it is also addicting at the same time This is one of the books I will keep with me for life. Is it unreadable Yes Were the 17 words I did understand enough to blow my mind and change my life and understanding of philosophy and being Yep. The most important philosophical work of the 20th century, and a text whose influence will still be felt for some centuries to come, I am willing to reckon Even if you are one of the many detractors, the fact remains that it is simply an outstanding monument to man s ability to think deeply, freshly, terrifyingly, and poetically about himself Heidegger s main focus is on Being what does it MEAN to be This is of course an old question, stemming from the days of Aristotle, but Heidegger is fo The most important philosophical work of the 20th century, and a text whose influence will still be felt for some centuries to come, I am willing to reckon Even if you are one of the many detractors, the fact remains that it is simply an outstanding monument to man s ability to think deeply, freshly, terrifyingly, and poetically about himself Heidegger s main focus is on Being what does it MEAN to be This is of course an old question, stemming from the days of Aristotle, but Heidegger is foremost a phenomenologist i.e To the phenomena themselves and therefore refuses any recourse to anything that is outside the scope of what is immediately apparent in the one thing that human beings often overlook, that is to say, human existence itself This means that the scope of ambition of Heidegger s project is staggering he intends to determine WHAT a human being IS, by HOW it is and this means that he not only takes on a nearly 2000 year old philosophical tradition, but also a nearly 2000 year old deeply embedded conception of what a human being is and by extension, what a human being should be It is a provocative assault, which may account for the polarizing reactions that Heidegger seems to evoke But this also means that Being and Time is a primordially humane book, for it was Heidegger who truly brought the existentialist consciousness to the fore of our developing consciousness as a species Make no mistake, this is still hard core philosophy, but it is a book about the many banalities of the average human life, and thus, about the many hidden profundities of the average human life Appreciate Heidegger s phenomenal see what I did there insight into the human condition, and you will never look at life, time, the world, concern, other people, a hammer, language, reality, and death in the same way again Now for the mandatory words of warning This book is DIFFICULT But it is difficult in the way the ending stages of a hard fought chess game is difficult Being and Time may be difficult, but it is NOT boring Stick with it, make the effort, and you will not be disappointed You may even as happened to me slowly neglect the other distractions of your life and set aside a solid block of time to tackle the text for me, 3 months , and not even be aware of anything like a sacrifice being made You just feel like you ve decided to venture a few steps deeper into the rabbit hole, is all And with regards to the language, I actually love the language in Being and Time , leave alone finding it something to rail against It has a kind of an austere beauty to it, a kind of mathematical poetry if you will For those who complain that Heidegger could have said what he wanted to say in easier language, the answer is that, NO he could not have Since his project was a radical rethinking of the nature of human existence, he needed a radically new vocabulary to describe the stages of his project The usual words like soul , consciousness , and even human being are too embedded in the tradition he is attacking, and have too much baggage Once you appreciate this, and read the text with fresh eyes , then you appreciate the hidden intricacies of his language, as well as to the depths he takes these new terms too And finally, this is most definitely not a book that a casual reader can dip into this is hardcore philosophy that was meant to overthrow another philosophical tradition So, these would in my opinion be the absolute prerequisites before any reader wishes to pursue Being and Time 1 A general knowledge of philosophy and the history of philosophy, and at least a surface level knowledge of what the major philosophers of the Western tradition had to say about life, the universe and everything This is important, because this tradition represents substance metaphysics or the metaphysics of presence which Heidegger attacks throughout the entire text these terms simply mean the positing of some kind of unit of stable timelessness that stands behind or hangs over human existence, be it the soul , consciousness , God , Atman , Will , Forms or what have you A good introductory book on philosophy should do the trick, and in my knowledge, Will Durant s The Story of Philosophy is still the best way to go, though of course, any equivalent book which goes over the main theme of Western philosophy should do the trick2 An intuitive understanding of Nietzsche His influence is present throughout the text of Being and Time , because he is the bad boy cousin of Heidegger s who sounded the death knell of traditional philosophy a project which Heidegger systematizes, enhances, and pursues Since Nietzsche is primarily a poet and a cultural critic rather than an actual philosopher in addition to being a superb writer a quick crash course of reading his main works The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, Twilight of the Idols, and if you can stomach the overblown prose, Zarathustra would do you good here 3 A good guide to Being and Time predictably, for a work of such complexity and importance, several guides have sprung up of varying quality The one I used was Gelvin s Commentary which is clear, friendly, excited, and straightforward Everything that you need 4 A surface understanding of phenomenology a Wikipedia search should do the trick, or any such introductory article If you re seriously gung ho then An Introduction to Phenomenology by Sokolowski will ground youthan you strictly need to be grounded And that s it, you re ready to go This is not a book that you can read once, and I wonder if read is even an appropriate word For the same reason that you do not read Finnegans Wake, but experience it as if it wasn t a book but a sentient entity which would get insulted if you labelled it as a book, I think the same would go for Being and Time It is a profound exploration of the most primordial questions a man can ask about anything, and as such, it demands a steady commitment of your time, energy, your curiosity, and the latent profundities that lie within you and which will be awakened as you thumb through the master piece that is Being and Time done.it was like losing my philosophical virginity and it feels like everything i have read until now was a preparation for this including my dipping in it for seven years or so and i m glad i read and discussed augustine s confessions with a wonderful group of people, during a course otherwise i would have understood nothing at all from the part about temporality.the dynamic of the book is very musical, it seemed to me drone like as if the loooong sounds are repeated and repeated ag done.it was like losing my philosophical virginity and it feels like everything i have read until now was a preparation for this including my dipping in it for seven years or so and i m glad i read and discussed augustine s confessions with a wonderful group of people, during a course otherwise i would have understood nothing at all from the part about temporality.the dynamic of the book is very musical, it seemed to me drone like as if the loooong sounds are repeated and repeated again, creating a texture which changes your mood your attunement making you able to see how a new ground is disclosed.of course i can t say anything coherent about it and i don t think anything coherent needs to be said in this review.there s no substitute for reading it if you want to understand where contemporary philosophy is coming from

  • Hardcover
  • 589 pages
  • Being and Time
  • Martin Heidegger
  • English
  • 05 November 2019
  • 0060638508

About the Author: Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger 1889 1976 was a German philosopher whose work is perhaps most readily associated with phenomenology and existentialism, although his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification His ideas have exerted a seminal influence on the development of contemporary European philosophy They have also had an impact far beyond philosophy, for example in architectural theory see e.g., Sharr 2007 , literary criticism see e.g., Ziarek 1989 , theology see e.g., Caputo 1993 , psychotherapy see e.g., Binswanger 1943 1964, Guignon 1993 and cognitive science see e.g., Dreyfus 1992, 2008 Wheeler 2005 Kiverstein and Wheeler forthcoming.


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