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An Introduction to Metaphysics [Paperback]

Heidegger
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1 July 1977
Contains a series of lectures delivered by Heidegger in 1935 at the University of Freiburg. In this work Heidegger presents the broadest and most intelligible account of the problem of being, as he sees this problem. First, he discusses the relevance of it by pointing out how this problem lies at the root not only of the most basic metaphysical questions but also of our human existence in its present historical setting. Then, after a short digression into the grammatical forms and etymological roots of the word "being, " Heidegger enters into a lengthy discussion of the meaning of being in Greek thinking, letting pass at the same time no opportunity to stress the impact of this thinking about being on subsequent western speculation. His contention is that the meaning of being in Greek thinking underwent a serious restriction through the opposition that was introduced between being on one hand, and becoming, appearance, thinking and values on the other.


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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (1 July 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300017405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300017403
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,516,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In response to one of the other reviews - this book is not intended as an introduction to metaphysics, though it is understandable how this may be thought. It is instead an induction into metaphysics, as Heidegger defines the term and understands it.
Not wishing to forage too deeply into the contents of the book itself, I will but say that it is an immensely fascinating and stimulating read. Heidegger starts off by positing the question 'Why are there beings at all instead of nothing?', and the book (based on a series of lectures) seeks to explore that question (not to answer it).
An ideal read for anyone interested in an alternative view of the pre-Socratics, in deconstructionalism, or Heidegger's concept of language... Well, an ideal read for anyone looking for something different!
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This is a good introduction to the Heidegger view on metaphysics and his thoughts come across very readably in this text. It is almost like a beach paperback rather than a grindng philosophical text. My only criticism would be that it doesn't really place metaphysics into the wider context, thereby making it difficult to link 20th century philosophers easily. However, it is readable for the lay person and I think that's quite important to know if you are thinking of buying the text for something to read. There is sometimes a danger with such texts that the concept is difficult to translate - not so here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 30 May 2007
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Introduction to Metaphysics, a dry title, is not a dry book at all but of world-historical significance for anyone who decides to make the leap into thinking and abandon the false "securities" (from sine cura, without care) of conventional modes of thinking. Anyone who finds that the world has gone horribly wrong and become incomprehensible and mad will get something from this book.

Heidegger, in this book, shows the way into how we can come more into being and appreciate life to the full once more. He starts with the question of all questions, not "to be or not to be" (which strikes me as superficial) but "why are there beings at all instead of nothing?". Superficial minds may find it dark and "negative" but for those, like me, who are solitary and reserved by nature, philosophers at heart, this book is a gem as well as all of Heidegger's output.

In today's conformist age, those wishing to find an oasis of genuinely free thought and questioning will find this a good place to start. Heidegger is like a Lucifer character in Christian dogma, he is the one who is prideful and arrogant and seeks to challenge God's hegemony (but us thinkers know the Christian God is dead) but is really a very decent and noble man who, as the name Lucifer itself suggests (light-bearer), sought and succeeded in bringing light to our godless and thoughtless times.

Essential read to real thinkers out there.

Five stars.

For my own modest attempts at thinking this blog may be of some interest: h t t p : / / c o m m e m o r a t u m . b l o g s p o t . c o . u k
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Heidegger is not a choice for beginners in philosophy. He takes us to deeper thoughts about conventional metaphysical philosophy, to deconstruct it and to view it by another point of view. If you want to know what metaphysics is, in an easier way, you should read another author; not Heidegger. After you read about and understand what metaphysics is, and think that you know all about it and that it is a truth, then it is time for you to read Heidegger.
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