Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to the Later Heidegger

Synopsis

Martin Heidegger is one of the most controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. His writings are notoriously difficult: they both require and reward careful reading. The Later Heidegger introduces and accesses:* Heidegger's life and the background to his later works* The ideas and texts of some of his influential later works, including The Question concerning Technology, The Origin of the Work of Art , and What is Called Thinking? * Heidegger's continuing importance to philosophy and contemporary thought.

Excerpt

The text that follows explains itself, I hope. However, there is one point I should comment on. Different English renderings of Heidegger adopt different strategies with regard to capitalising the English 'Being' as a translation of Heidegger's German 'Sein'. the advantage of giving the lower-case 'being' is that it brings out the verbal aspect of the term and avoids misreading it as a hypostatised metaphysical concept. On the other hand, this could on occasion lead to it being read simply as a present participle and not as a distinctive philosophical term. in any case, the German word is a nominalisation of the infinitive, not the present participle 'seiend' (the nominal form of which, 'Seiendes', is usually translated 'beings' or 'entities'). Where I have quoted English translations that follow a different practice, I have, of course, kept to their usage.

Some measure of interpretation is unavoidable here, both on my part and on that of the reader. Perhaps, in the light of Heidegger's own comments on philosophy and translation, the best we can do is to remember to hear the German 'Sein' in the English 'Being'.

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