"For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."--Hannah Arendt
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If you read only one philosophy book in your entire life, this is the one to read. This book is not easy. It is not easy precisely because it is so simple and straightforward. It is not an exposition of thinking, or of what we call thinking, as much as it is an extended question about the problems associated with thinking. It has a healthy respect and acknowledges the complexity of the problems associated with thinking. These problems are problems not just of thinking, but of human existence itself. It starts with the tantalizing premise that "what is most thought provoking in this thought provoking time is that we are still not thinking." It goes on to examine the relationships between human beings and what is most alive, between man and that which is Present in what lies before us. Interestingly, deliverance from revenge, our hands, and our hearts all play a vital role in thinking. Still more intriguing is the role our language plays in thought, the...
I believe that this book is the best starting point for being introduced into Heidegger's thought, not "Being and Time". The reason being that this book "What is Called Thinking" was not created under academic pressure, nor is it trying to prove its associations with previous philosophers, and being last - is the most precise and clearest distillation of Heidgger's position - after a lifetime of tinkering with the basic ideas of Dasein.
This is some of Heideggers last lectures compiled into a two part book. The first part concerns itself with Nietzsche - the ideas of the "last man", the uberman (meta-man), the bridge, blinking, redemption/forgiveness, and eternal-return-of-the-same. The second part concerns itself with Parmenides' poetic clarification of usefullness and thinking as "Legein" (to lay out - the verb form of 'logos') together with "Noein" (to take to heart - the verb form of 'nouos') and their intimate interrelationship. Together they result in "Eon" - the...
I never thought I'd be reading a Martin Heidegger book and this is probably one of my favorite books. Who would I recommend this book to?...DEEP thinkers, people who tend to overthink, and overphilosophize, perhaps even those who suffer from Insomnia and can't turn their thinking off easily. Anyone who fits these descriptions should relate to Heidegger's writing!
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