Martin Heidegger paved the road trod on by the existentialists with the 1927 publication of Being and Time. His encyclopedic knowledge of philosophy from ancient to modern times led him to rethink the most basic concepts underlying our thinking about ourselves. Emphasizing the "sense of being" (dasein) over other interpretations of conscious existence, he argued that specific and concrete ideas form the bases of our perceptions, and that thinking about abstractions leads to confusion at best. Thus, for example, "time" is only meaningful as it is experienced: the time it takes to drive to work, eat lunch, or read a book is real to us; the concept of "time" is not.
Unfortunately, his writing is difficult to follow, even for the dedicated student. Heidegger is best read in German: his neologisms and other wordplay strain the talents of even the best translators. Still, his thoughts about authentic being and his turning the philosophical ground inspired many of the greatest thinkers of the mid 20th century, from Sartre to Derrida. Unfortunately, political and other considerations forced Heidegger to leave Being and Time unfinished; we can only wonder what might have been otherwise. --Rob Lightner
One of the landmarks of 20th-century philosophy, Heidegger's 1927 treatise is thought to have been the inspiration for such subjects as psychoanalysis, existentialism, ethics, hermeneutics, and more. This new translation by one of Heidegger's students offers the text in a more precise and understandable English than earlier editions.
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It's a incredibly important work, well translated. However, its very difficult to read without help (I cannot more highly recommend Michael Gelven's commentary on Being and Time).Published on March 9 2013 by Stefan J. Knibbe
Not trying to overstate the case, but this is the worst book I've ever seen in my lifetime. You might think, as I did, that it might be interesting to read a seminal text and... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2012 by Bryan James
Really even to know what some other people are talking about you should read this. If you liked Doctor Who when it was philosophical, before the 90s. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2012 by Golok Z Buday
I looked forward to reading this book immensely, and I was not disappointed. I also highly recommend to read the following "CENSORED" books:
1) "THE HOAX OF THE TWENTIETH... Read more
In "Being and Time," Heidegger tackles the biggest and seemingly unanswerable question of them all: Why is there something rather than nothing? Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by C. Gardner
Frankly, I don't know where to begin. Should I give this One Star or Five Stars? But then it struck me: does it matter? No - it doesn't. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by S. Alhamdy
Kudos to the translator for making the effort; certainly Heidegger isn't an everyday walk in the park. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by John Samuelian
In case you've not already ordered the new translation of Being and Time -- I'm more and more dissatisfied with the terminology the translator has adopted. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by Rob
By giving this book three stars I am grudgingly admitting its historical importance. However, the potential reader should keep in mind that there are plenty of works out there that... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003 by Ross James Browne