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Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

By Michael J. Inwood (Author) & M. J. Inwood (Author)
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Item description for Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Michael J. Inwood & M. J. Inwood...

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is probably the most divisive philosopher of the twentieth century: viewed by some as a charlatan and by others as a leader and central figure of modern philosophy. Michael Inwood's lucid introduction to Heidegger's thought focuses on his most important work, "Being and Time," and its major themes of existence in the world, inauthenticity, guilt, destiny, truth, and the nature of time. These themes are then reassessed in the light of Heidegger's later work, together with the extent of his philosophical importance and influence. This is an invaluable guide to the complex and voluminous thought of a major twentieth-century existentialist philosopher.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.04" Width: 4.52" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 11, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0192854100  
ISBN13  9780192854100  


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Michael Inwood is a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Trinity College, University of Oxford


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Das D...ksein~not short enough...  Mar 8, 2008
The"philosophy" of premier Nazi philosophe,Martin Heidegger is an unmitigated pile of deutschen Dreck. Michael Inwood's essay inadvertently does the informed,wary,or novice reader service by clarifying how genuinely obscurantist,tautological,(alaleithia/anamnethtic)and dangerous this vain,self-important anti-humanist/Enlightenment/Christian German intellectual was.

Heidegger's foundational vocabulary~ Dasein; Das Seiende(Dasein das Seiendes);Erigneis;Sorge;es Gibt(many key terms are not even in Inwood's text)are masterpieces of murk.Inwood repeatedly evades or--in Heidegger's finest Der Spiegel tradition--distorts his mentor's involvement in Nazi agenda. (READ: "Martin Heidegger and European nihilism",Karl Lowith; or Victor Farias,now classic,HEIDEGGER and NAZISM and be convicted~ Nazism utterly dominates and pollutes this PM monster's major philosophical themes and methodological concepts).

The ZEUGHAUS (which Inwood ignores)is one of Heiddeger's best: translate as"abortion mill";abatoir;"tool house" or arsenal(as in Weapons).This was Heidegger's recommendation to the Nazi hierarchy for Final Solution~ use "science": sterilize all the unwanted/subhuman/untermensch. In several generations "der unguten Leute" will die out.(Therefore:"der Totdenlagen" sind haben nicht). Heidegger reveals(p.83)himself as Nazi nihilist he is: "There is no truth;there are no objectively correct answers to life's basic problems,;nor any decision procedure for discerning them. A moral code is of little help.(THOU SHALT NOT KILL). Either it gives no unequivocal answer,or IS ITSELF OPEN to QUESTION". ["Without God, everything is permitted" ~Dostoyevsky:8,000,000 Jews in the HOLOCAUST;
63,000,000 infants(USA's)SILENT HOLOCAUST].

Heidegger's FINAL SOLUTION for true ubermensch /DASEIN: Entscholssenheit
(Resolution~Authenticity(???).[Hitler was no less resolute than Christ or Socrates p.84.]Heidegger's homie buddy(ironically,the embittered by French military defeatJ.P.Sartre} called such PM("men without chests"~
C.S.Lewis)"Les Hommes des bons fois",MEN OF GOOD FAITH.Faith in what?"One must rise above current philosophical situation and the(JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN LOGOS)tradition that lies behind it,"Heidegger,p 85...

Enough. Read this monstrous manifesto if you must. Michael Inwood's ultimate obsequiousness is comparing Heidegger to St.Augustine (p.134); one of the West's most brilliant philosophers,theologians,and seminal existential psychologist. Heidegger,would-be anti-Aristotle and "poetic" voice of THE BEAST is,in my estimate,demonstrably a coward who abused vast gifts and opportunity to laud and justify some of History's greatest criminals. In writing this glowing account of Martin Heidegger,Professor Inwood complements and perpetuates,in laughable and scorn worthy naivte,
an evil man's reputation,and a PM gospel of the intellectually poena damni.(1 & 1/2 stars)
 
On the whole, a very competent introduction  Aug 17, 2007
Inwood has produced what is, on the whole, an admirable introduction to Heidegger's thought that I found very useful. His suggestions for further study were also very helpful. However, the final chapter, where he discusses the serious issue of Heidegger's Nazism, struck me as an exercise in blatant apologetics, peppered with lame excuses for why we should simply overlook or forgive Heidegger's involvement with National Socialism. I would have given the book four stars were it not for this.
 
Fine intro to a difficult subject  Jul 28, 2005
Heidegger was an obfuscator of the first order. Still, he had much to say as well as much influence on academia today. He is therefore worth getting to know. Rather then wade through several hundred pages of the deliberately (imo) opaque text in Being and Time, as I mistakenly did, this would be a nice start.

Truth is, Heidegger's ideas are not all that complex, it is his language that gives the appearence of difficult thought. Inwood clarifies but succeeds in avoiding over simplification. Still, I believe someone could do an even better job of presenting Heidegger's thought to the average reader.

Definitely recommended over any of those cartoon books on Heidegger which are not only too simple, but extremely dishonest and innacurate.
 
A standard academic treatment of Heidegger.  Jun 28, 2001
This is your standard garden-variety academic treatment of Heidegger, alright so far as it goes, but rather dry reading. One interesting feature is its short 4-page Glossary of Heidegger's German terminology. It also has an index in which one notes the total absence of any mention of Buddhism, Mahayana, Zen, or the 'Tao Te Ching' (a text which Heidegger worked on), despite the fact that Heidegger's thought quite often reminds one of the great Taoist and Buddhist thinkers.

Anyone new to Heidegger who is looking for a good Introductory survey of the man and his thought would do much better to take a look at George Steiner's 'Martin Heidegger.' In contrast to Inwood, Steiner writes with real passion and leaves one with a desire to know more about this amazing thinker. In fact, Steiner's book is so good that you'll probably want to read it again. I was left wishing it had been two or three times longer.

 
A standard academic treatment of Heidegger.  Jun 28, 2001
This your standard garden-variety academic treatment of Heidegger, alright so far as it goes, but rather dry reading. One interesting feature is its short 4-page Glossary of Heidegger's German terminology. It also has an index in which one notes the total absence of any mention of Buddhism, Mahayana, Zen, or the 'Tao Te Ching' (a text which Heidegger worked on), despite the fact that Heidegger's thought quite often reminds one of the great Taoist and Buddhist thinkers.

Anyone new to Heidegger who is looking for a good Introductory survey of the man and his thought would do much better to take a look at George Steiner's 'Martin Heidegger.' In contrast to Inwood, Steiner writes with real passion and leaves one with a desire to know more about this amazing thinker. In fact, Steiner's book is so good that you'll probably want to read it again. I was left wishing it had been two or three times longer.

 

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