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A History of the Concept of Time: Prolegomena (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) [Paperback]

M Heidegger
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1 Sep 1992 Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Heidegger's lecture course at the University of Marburg in the summer of 1925, an early version of Being and Time (1927), offers a unique glimpse into the motivations that prompted the writing of this great philosopher's master work and the presuppositions that gave shape to it. The book embarks upon a provisional description of what Heidegger calls "Dasein," the field in which both being and time become manifest. Heidegger analyzes Dasein in its everydayness in a deepening sequence of terms: being-in-the-world, worldhood, and care as the being of Dasein. The course ends by sketching the themes of death and conscience and their relevance to an ontology that makes the phenomenon of time central. Theodore Kisiel's outstanding translation premits English-speaking readers to appreciate the central importance of this text in the development of Heidegger's thought.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st Midland Book Ed edition (1 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253207177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253207173
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" ... an excellent translation of an extremely important book." - The Modern Schoolman

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Theodore Kisiel, Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University, is co-author of Phenomenology and the Natural Sciences and translator of Heidegger and the Tradition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars before Being and Time, there was this 29 Oct 2011
If you are having a hard time with Being and Time, then stop and read this first. Heidegger wrote this 2 years or so before B&T and it covers the most interesting aspects of B&T, though in a much clearer way - as it was a series of lectures. Also, the first 100 pages or so explore intentionality along with Husserl. Heidegger introduces the term 'dasein' here too, but strangely as 'the dasein' or maybe this is the translation.
For clarity, he discusses how intentionality (the structure of consciousness in knowing) means that consciousness is always 'out there' (dasein) already.

'the apprehending of what is known is not like returning from an expediation of plunder with its acquired booty backing into the 'housing' of consciousnes, preserving, and retaining what is apprehended, the knowing dasein remains 'outside' (p.164).
Sartre must have read this, for he went on to make almost exactly the same observation in 'the transcendence of the ego' (i think it was that, or it might have been an article in which he breathes a sign of relief that we've finally rid ourselves of the Proustian conception of consciousness being a container of the past)

and on B&T to come:

'Things recede into relations' (p.187). the beginnings of relationality and the claims from B&T that 'there is no such thing as an individual equipment'

This book has nothing to do with 'time' itself, of course, only how Dasein (being there)is primarily in the world already in an non-thematic way. The beginnings of the ready to hand versus present at hand are also here, though in much plainer language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful 18 Aug 2000
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As a student with a great deal of interest in Heidegger's ontological inquiry, I found this to be an indispensable supplement to Being and Time. Where Being and Time seems unbearably difficult to understand, History of the Concept of Time offers clarification. Since it is a collection of lecture/notes, the writing is usually more straight-forward, which as we know is a blessing when it comes to Heidegger. I would recommend reading Being and Time and History of the Concept of Time in tandem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An early draft of `Being and Time'. 8 April 2000
By Craig G Cram - Published on
Perhaps, one of the first and least interesting of Heidegger's long phenomenology books from the 1920s. Most of what is contained within this text is worked out brilliantly in his masterwork `Being and Time, e.g., the ontological/ontic structures of temporality. Ironically, there is little exposition of `history' or the history of the `concept of time' in this work. I read this work during my thesis on Heidegger's thinking on spatiality. It contains some insights regarding this aspect of Heidegger's thought, but does not add much to `Being and Time.' I recommend this to serious and budding Heidegger scholars, but others with only a passing interest I would recommend `Being and Time' and `The Basic Problems Of Phenomenology' as much better choices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Preparation for Being and Time 1 Aug 2009
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`Heidegger's History of the Concept of Time', translated by Kisiel, is a compilation of Heidegger's lecture notes from a 1925 course taught at the University of Marburg. These lectures cover much of the same ground articulated in `Being and Time' (1927), and can be read as an draft of Heidegger's magnum opus.

Often one of the greatest challenges that students face in reading historic thinkers is the question of context. That is, what is the intellectual milieu that the writer is working within, and, what question(s) are they seeking to address? Getting a feel for these considerations can be particularly difficult with an abstruse writer such as Heidegger. As such, these lecture notes are invaluable in situating the reader and providing valuable context.

Kisiel's translation of `History of the Concept of Time' is clear and accessible possessing a smoothness that is absent in some English translations of Heidegger. John Drabinski's `Between Husserl and Heidegger'(available on-line course), is an excellent companion to when reading this text - it discusses History of the Concept of Time in addition to other works by Husserl and Heidegger. Drabinski is a capable commentator and his pedagogical approach of working from within Heidegger's language, while challenging for the novice, is an ultimately rewarding approach.

Overall, `The History of the Concept of Time' is an excellent addition to the corpus of Heideggerian work available in English. I highly recommended it for all students of Heidegger, particularly those approaching Being and Time for first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Considered the best exposition of phenomenology 21 Aug 2008
By GangstaLawya - Published on
Anyone coming from a rational empiricist background need not be offended by Heidegger's thinking since he does manage to look at matters from a radically different perspective that is novel and worthy of consideration. In this way, he expands our own thinking and puts into critical relief our own position. This is considered by scholars to be the best exposition of phenomenology. The fact Heidegger is able to explain other thinkers and other philosophers in such a superb manner seems to indicate how thoroughly he thought through to get to his own position. Paul Edwards cursory dismissal of Heidegger, although a worthy cause in itself, doesn't do justice to Heidegger.
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