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What is Called Thinking? (Religious Perspectives) Paperback – 31 Mar 1976
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"As near a definitive statement of Heidegger's new period as can be found."--Jean M. Perreault
About the Author
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was born in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. He studied at the University of Freiburg and became a professor at the University of Marburg in 1932. After publishing his his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927), he returned to Freiburg to assume the chair of philosophy upon Husserl's retirement.
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The book is divided in two parts. The first part is an appreciation and confrontation with Nietzsche and his cry that "The wasteland is growing. Woe to him who hides wastelands within!", a sentence addressed to the superman, whose nature and difference with the last man, the rational animal, is discussed at length in this section.
Essentially the bridge to the superman is one of renunciation, of deliverance from revenge, of the ill will towards time and its 'it was' rooted in past suffering. Revenge and its most common manifestation,resentment,and the hatred and suspicion of anything creative and free, is essentially an attunement that is at odds with time that wills the world away.
According to Heidegger, the beginning of the modern world began when "man" thought that he was running out of time. In learning thinking we are learning to deliver ourselves from revenge and to think our habits in a non reactive way. No easy task but unavoidable for the advancement of the type "man".
The second part is a confrontation with Parmenides, a pre-platonic thinker, which again tries to illuminate the phenomenon of thinking as opposed to blinking which is what passes as thought today. A knowledge of the Greek alphabet and preferably of Greek itself is here helpful.
In conclusion, this book will appeal to profound natures who want to overcome the spirit of revenge which mires our world today. It sheds important lights on Thus Spoke Zarathustra and puts us to the test; are we willing to learn thinking?