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Historical Dictionary of Heidegger's Philosophy Hardcover – Aug 20 2010

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  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; Second edition (Aug. 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810859637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810859630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
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This is one of the most successful and useful reference books that can be encountered on a single philosopher. (CHOICE)

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was arguably one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century; he has certainly been one of the most written and talked about, not only for the evolution of his philosophical thought and its influence but also for his dalliance with National Socialism in the 1930s and beyond. These factors alone would make him a fit subject for number 101 in the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements, a series that has also included Descartes, Nietzsche, Russell, and Heidegger's mentor, Edmund Husserl among its philosophical subjects. Like Husserl, he was a notoriously difficult philosopher. This, compounded by the uncertainties of translation, makes any volume that can help make sense of his work to English readers welcome. In this volume, author Schalow, research professor at the University of New Orleans, has significantly updated Alfred Denker's 2000 first edition.
The main sections of the book are a chronology, introduction, 265-page dictionary section, 3 appendixes ("Heidegger's Writings, Lectures, Courses, and Seminars"; "German-English Glossary"; "Greek-English Glossary"), and 72-page bibliography. The bibliography contains 16 main divisions, including "Works in German," "Works in English," "Correspondence," "Bibliography and Reference," and "Background and Biography."
Although no definitive key to unlocking Heidegger is likely to appear, this volume could be a useful companion during a reading of a Heidegger text. The chronology and introduction provide helpful context, though the dictionary entries often become bogged down in the obscurity and slipperiness of Heidegger's terms and their English equivalents. Recommended for colleges and universities where Heidegger is studied. (Booklist)

Perhaps of greatest importance for scholars is the expanded bibliography, which is likely the most wide-ranging print version to date. Also notable is the comprehensive list of Heidegger's writings, lectures, and seminars, along with the handy German-to-English and Greek-to-English glossaries. Absolutely vital for philosophy collections. (Library Journal)

Schalow (Univ. of New Orleans) and Denker (independent scholar) offer the second edition of a very valuable work for English-speaking Heidegger scholars. Its publication follows by ten years the first edition by Denker (CH, Dec'00, 38-1890) and marks the continuing growth of interest in Heidegger's philosophy. As a German thinker, Heidegger remains, despite his detractors, the most original philosophical thinker of the 20th century. The dictionary serves principally the English-reading scholar, although a helpful list of book-length writings by and about Heidegger in English, Italian, German, and French is included. In addition to the 266 pages of the dictionary itself, featuring 600 important terms and topics translated into English, the volume offers a 5-page "Chronology of Events and Writings in Heidegger's Life" and a 43-page prose introduction to his life and major writings. The bibliography (p. 355-427), however, is the most impressive and useful part of the volume. It contains a chronological list of all of Heidegger's writings, and books about Heidegger's philosophy. This is, in short, a necessary reference work for the English-speaking student of Heidegger's philosophy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

About the Author

Frank Schalow is University Research Professor at the University of New Orleans. Alfred Denker is editor of the Martin-Heidegger-Briefausgabe and co-editor of the Heidegger-Jahrbuch. He is the director of PhiloArt.

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