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Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
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Wegmarken. English
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xiii, 385 pages ; 23 cm
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This is the first time that a seminal collection of fourteen essays by Martin Heidegger (originally published in German under the title Wegmarken) has appeared in English in its complete form. It includes new or first-time translations of seven essays, and thoroughly revised, updated versions of the other seven. Amongst the new translations are such key essays as 'On the Essence of Ground', 'Hegel and the Greeks' and 'On the Question of Being'. Spanning a period from 1919-61, these essays have become established points of reference for all those with a serious interest in Heidegger. Now collected for the first time in translations by an experienced Heidegger translator and scholar, they will prove an essential resource for all students of Heidegger.

Author Notes

Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Baden, Germany on September 22, 1889. He studied Roman Catholic theology and philosophy at the University of Frieburg before joining the faculty at Frieburg as a teacher in 1915. Eight years later Heidegger took a teaching position at Marburg. He taught there until 1928 and then went back to Frieburg as a professor of philosophy.

As a philosopher, Heidegger developed existential phenomenology. He is still widely regarded as one of the most original philosophers of the 20th century. Influenced by other philosophers of his time, Heidegger wrote the book, Being in Time, in 1927. In this work, which is considered one of the most important philosophical works of our time, Heidegger asks and answers the question "What is it, to be?" Other books written by Heidegger include Basic Writings, a collection of Heidegger's most popular writings; Nietzsche, an inquiry into the central issues of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy; On the Way to Language, Heidegger's central ideas on the origin, nature and significance of language; and What is Called Thinking, a systematic presentation of Heidegger's later philosophy.

Since the 1960s, Heidegger's influence has spread beyond continental Europe and into a number of English-speaking countries. Heidegger died in Messkirch on May 26, 1976.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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McNeill (DePaul Univ., Chicago) has done scholars of contemporary thought a great service by bringing together for the first time in English a translation of Heidegger's classic collection of 14 pieces Wegmarken, as it is now found in volume 9 of his Gesamtausgabe (Collected Works, 1976). Included in the text as first-time translations are Heidegger's early review of Karl Jaspers's Psychology of Worldviews (1919/21), his edited excerpts "From the Last Marburg Lecture Course" (1928), and his essay, "Hegel and the Greeks" (1958). There are also new translations of "On the Essence of Ground" (1929), "Plato's Doctrine of Truth" (1931/32,40), "Postscript to What is Metaphysics?' " (1943), and "On the Question of Being" (1955). All the translations are uniformly excellent, making this text an excellent choice for all collections supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy. Highly recommended. R. M. Stewart; Austin College

Table of Contents

EditorÆs Preface
Preface to the German edition
Comments on Karl JaspersÆs Psychology of Worldviews (1919-21)
Phenomenology and Theology (1927)
From the Last Marburg Lecture Course (1928)
What is Metaphysics? (1929)
On the Essence of Ground (1929)
On the Essence of Truth (1930)
PlatoÆs Doctrine of Truth (1931/32, 1940)
On the Essence and Concept in AristotleÆs Physics B, 1 (1939)
Postscript to æWhat is Metaphysics?Æ (1943)
Letter on Humanism (1946)
Introduction to æWhat is Metaphysics?Æ (1949)
On the Question of Being (1955)
Hegel and the Greeks (1958)
KantÆs Thesis About Being (1961)
Notes References
EditorÆs postscript to the German edition