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Contributions to philosophy : from enowning
Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
Uniform Title:
Beiträge zur Philosophie. English
Publication Information:
Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xliv, 369 pages ; 24 cm.
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Central Library B3279.H48 B44513 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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[Heidegger's] greatest work... essential for all collections." --Choice

... students of Heidegger will surely find this book indispensable." --Library Journal

Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning), written in 1936-38 and first published in 1989 as Beitr#65533;ge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis), is Heidegger's most ground-breaking work after the publication of Being and Time in 1927. If Being and Time is perceived as undermining modern metaphysics, Contributions undertakes to reshape the very project of thinking.

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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Library Journal Review

Considered by scholars to be Heidegger's most important work after Being and Time, this book was written during the 1930s but did not become available to the public until 1989. (This is the first translation from the German.) Here Heidegger attempts to carry out what he calls "being-historical thinking." Since the way in which "being" discloses itself throughout history varies, he sees his task as describing the key moments of the process. As usual, Heidegger's analysis proceeds from careful attention to the origins of philosophical terms. He writes in an aphoristic style and often employs new and strange words, but students of Heidegger will surely find this book indispensable.--David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Publication of this volume is the most important event in Heidegger scholarship in English since the 1962 publication of the first English translation of Sein und Zeit. Although a new translation of Being and Time has appeared (CH, Mar'97), it is difficult to imagine that this inventive and highly readable translation of Beitr"age zur Philosophie (vom Ereignis), by Emad (emer., DePaul Univ.) and Maly (Univ. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse), will ever be superseded. Indeed, Being and Time appears almost conventional in light of the global transformation of ordinary language that characterizes Contributions to Philosophy. Emad and Maly acknowledge that "the German original itself is not readily accessible to German readers." Since the 1989 posthumous publication of the Beitr"age, the relation of this 1936-38 manuscript to Heidegger's thinking has become a major topic. Contributions is about the turn toward Seyn (be-ing--the archaic spelling of Sein--being), which implies a turn toward the resistant enigma of another origin. The major decisions in this translation (e.g., Ereignis as "enowning" instead of "appropriation"; Wesung as "swaying" instead of "essencing") make Heidegger's thinking more accessible to English speakers. This translation will contribute greatly to establishing Contributions as Heidegger's second masterpiece and his greatest work. Essential for all collections. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. N. Lukacher; University of Illinois at Chicago

Table of Contents

Translators' Foreword
I Preview
II Echo
III Playing-Forth
IV Leap
V Grounding
VI The Ones to Come
VII The Last God
VIII Be-ing
Editor's Epilogue

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