Basic Writings

Basic Writings

From Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964)

Book - 1993
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Heidegger's most popular collection of essential writings, now revised and expanded -- includes the 10 key essays plus the introduction to Being and Time.
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1993.
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed.
ISBN: 9780060637637
Characteristics: xii, 452 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Krell, David Farrell


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Dec 10, 2019

The wonky haziness of the manner of writing... so affected, and therefore could be very irritating, if weren't also quite mesmerizing. Essays 4 and 5 would probably be the best places to begin, and I found essays 3, 9, and 10 to be the most interesting and insightful.
The book has many bits that could serve as aphorism: "questioning is the piety of thought."(p.341), but contained within this set of essays is the notorious 'the nothing noths' which was ridiculed by positivists, and people who value clarity generally; it is here translated as "the nothing itself nihilates" (p.103). Other quotable bits are "History is the transporting of a people into its appointed task as entry into that people's endowment" (p.202) - he was, it should be noted, a Nazi by the time he wrote this.


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