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Born: 1889,

Died 1776.

Major Works

Basic Writings
Being and Time
Discourse on Thinking
Early Greek Thinking
The End of Philosophy
Hegel's Concept of Experience
Identity and Difference
On the way to Language
On Time and Being
Poetry, Language, Thought
What Is Called Thinking?


A very complicated question has been at the core of the human condition; what are we here for, to what purpose does humanity report to? Martin Heidegger, was in many ways fascinated with this question. He was born in Messkirch, Germany and was educated in the study of philosophy. He also had formal instruction on phenomenology from his professor, and well known Phenomenologist, Edmund Husserl. In a publication entitled, Being and Time, Heidegger questions the nature of man's existence on earth. David Richter, in an anthology entitled, The Critical Tradition, states that, "Being and Time represents human beings as isolated individuals thrown helplessly into worlds not of their own making, who understand existence only through their interactions with the world they inhabit." The term "Dasein" that is coined by Heidegger in this book can be translated to mean "Being-in-the-World". And our being in the world helps creates a need for us to thirst for what he terms "Sein" or "true-being". This may be associated in some degree to romantic notion of the "sublime". However, unlike the Keatsian mode of thought that allows for an achievement of the sublime through an invocation of nature, Heidegger would posit that this higher level of being cannot be achieved by man. He was instead, concerned with the achievement of what he deems, "eigentlich" or realization of an authentic existence. This would differ in a large degree from the normal ideology of Existentialism.
In his movement from an assumption that the sublime, or some higher state of being is possible, to a removal of that state from the scope of human conception, Heidegger opens the door to a new type of thought. Under these precepts the structures of society and the functions of technology within that structure can be used as a means of exposing a more meaningful interpretation of just how man fits in to riddle of nature and existence.


Useful Heidegger Links
Written by Heidegger Introductions, References
and short biographies
Being and Time His other texts Book reviews
Heidegger and The Greeks
Heidegger and Phenomenology Heidegger and Hermeneutics
Heidegger and Religion Heidegger and Technology Heidegger and The Environment
Heidegger and History Heidegger and Science Heidegger and Film
Heidegger and Music PoMo Heidegger
Heidegger and the Nazis Asian Philosophy Publishers


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