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It could be good but.....
on 9 February 2012
This could be a good introduction to Heidegger's main concepts in 'Being and Time' but for one thing that Inwood does.He introduces complex Heideggerian terms like 'Present at hand','World time','Nullity' without bothering to really explain what they mean (the glossary contains definitions of German terms).I could understand his text because I've read other Heidegger texts where these concepts are explained.
The book focuses mainly on the ideas set out in Heidegger's 'Being and Time' apart from a few short pages at the back on Heidegger's later work on art.
Inwood is a member of the logical positivist school of thought which has it's own particular way of analyzing concepts. Unfortunately when applied to other schools of philosophy the effect can be less than clarifying. It would have been better if Inwood kept his logical analysis away from an introductory book on Heidegger and just described and explained Heidegger on his own terms.
I recommend that the novice Heidegger reader avoid it as a primary introductory text.I recommend Richard Polt's 'Heidegger;An introduction', it's clearer (doesn't assume a background in philosophy and attempts to meet the reader than the usual take it or leave it Oxbridge attitude) and more comprehensive.