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In my opinion it is not a good starting point for Heidegger's work
on 2 August 2014
I am a sociology academic reasonably well versed in philosophy but was almost completely lost when I first tried to read this due to the density of the text. In my opinion it is not a good starting point for Heidegger's work. I ended up listening to Dreyfus' lectures on B&T and reading his book discussing Div1 of said book. I then discovered Greg Sadler's excellent lectures (on YouTube) in which he walks the viewer through several of the chapters in this volume. Since then I have got a handle on Heidegger's writing style and use of language and read and re-read several of the chapters Sadler looks at as well as a couple of the ones he hasn't yet lectured on. I still find much of it confusing but also extremely stimulating, and at times exhilarating. The introductions (two at the start and one for each chapter) also get clearer and more helpful the more you understand the main text. So, on balance, I think this is a superb book but, for me at least, it required an extraordinary amount of commitment just to get started, and there are still a couple of chapters (over a year after buying it) that I haven't had the energy to read yet!