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Chapter 7

Hölderlin

The approach to Hölderlin

In addition to his many expositions of the 'great thinkers' of the philosophical tradition, Heidegger was also a keen reader and interpreter of literature, especially poetry. Some of his literary interests found little obvious expression in his published works (thus, despite anecdotal evidence as to the large influence on him of Dostoevsky there is little mention of the Russian novelist in any of Heidegger's own lectures or writings). Others, however, became the focus of important philosophical reflections. This is especially true of German poets such as Georg Trakl, R. M. Rilke, Stefan George, Gottfried Benn, the dialect poet Johann Peter Hebel and, most importantly, Friedrich Hölderlin - to whose work Heidegger devoted several series of lectures, as well as occasional addresses, and many passing references and discussions, totalling four volumes in the collected works (even recording a reading of Hölderlin's poems). Indeed, after Nietzsche,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations Used in the Text xiii
  • Chapter 1 - Is There a Later Heidegger? 1
  • Chapter 2 - 1933 and After 25
  • Chapter 3 - Technology 47
  • Chapter 4 - Seeing Things 75
  • Chapter 5 - Nietzsche 105
  • Chapter 6 - The First and Second Beginnings of Philosophy 129
  • Chapter 7 - Hölderlin 159
  • Chapter 8 - What Kind of Thinker? 187
  • Notes 217
  • Bibliography 223
  • Index 227
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