Martin Heidegger and the Pre-Socratics: An Introduction to His Thought

Martin Heidegger and the Pre-Socratics: An Introduction to His Thought

Martin Heidegger and the Pre-Socratics: An Introduction to His Thought

Martin Heidegger and the Pre-Socratics: An Introduction to His Thought

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There are several ways in which the thought of Martin Heidegger may be approached. It may be approached through Kierkegaard. It may be approached through Heidegger's own Being and Time (Sein und Zeit), his first major philosophical work. These approaches to Heidegger generally accentuate what has come to be called the "existentialist" in Heidegger. However, the philosopher Heidegger can also be approached through his more immediate philosophical forbears, Kant, Hegel, or Husserl.

If Heidegger is approached through Kant, or more particularly through Heidegger's book on Kant (Kant und das Problem der Metaphysik), one immediately finds himself in the difficulty of trying to follow three lines of historical thinking: Kant's own, Heidegger's version of Kant, and that which in his commentary on Kant is revelatory of Heidegger's own thought.

A similar difficulty is to be encountered in approaching Heidegger through the thought of Hegel. The points of similarity are apt to blind one to the essential differences. This is particularly true regarding the . . .

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