Basic Concepts

ISBN-10: 0253212154
ISBN-13: 9780253212153
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 7/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Baden, Germany on September 22, 1889. He studied Roman Catholic theology and philosophy at the University of Frieburg before joining the faculty at Frieburg as a teacher in 1915. Eight years later Heidegger took a teaching position at Marburg. He taught there until 1928 and then went back to Frieburg as a professor of philosophy. As a philosopher, Heidegger developed existential phenomenology. He is still widely regarded as one of the most original philosophers of the 20th century. Influenced by other philosophers of his time, Heidegger wrote the book, Being in Time, in 1927. In this work, which is considered one of the most important philosophical works of our time, Heidegger asks and answers the question "What is it, to be?" Other books written by Heidegger include Basic Writings, a collection of Heidegger's most popular writings; Nietzsche, an inquiry into the central issues of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy; On the Way to Language, Heidegger's central ideas on the origin, nature and significance of language; and What is Called Thinking, a systematic presentation of Heidegger's later philosophy. Since the 1960s, Heidegger's influence has spread beyond continental Europe and into a number of English-speaking countries. Heidegger died in Messkirch on May 26, 1976.

Translator+s Foreword
Introduction: The Internal Connection between Ground-Being-Inception
Elucidation of the title of the lecture -Basic Concepts+
Basic concepts are ground-concepts
The claim of the ground-concepts
The difference of claims upon man
The claim of requirements: Needing
The claim upon the essence of historical man
Readiness for the originary, the incipient, and the -knowing better+ of historiological consciousness
The meaning of reflection upon the inception of history
The goal of the lecture: Reflection as preparation for confronting the inception of our history Recapitulation
Our understnading of -basic concepts+ and our relation to them as an anticipatory knowing
The decay of knowing in the present age: The decision in favor of the useful over what we can do without
The inception as a decision about what is essential in Western history (in modern times: unconditional will and technology)
Practicing the relation to what is -thought-worthy+ by considering the ground
The essential admittance of historical man into the inception, into the -essence+ of ground
Considering the Saying
The Differnce between Beings and Being First Division: Discussion of the -Is+, of Beings as a Whole
Beings as a whole are actual, possible, necessary
Nonconsideration of the essential distinction between being and beings
The nondiscoverability of the -is+
The unquestioned character of the -is+ in its grammatical determination-emptiness and richness of meaning
The emptiness and indeterminacy of the -is+ as a presupposition for its being a -copula+
Being (-is+) as the general, the universal
The solution of healthy common sense: Acting and effecting amoung beings instead of empty thinking about being (workers and soldiers)
Renouncing being-dealing with beings Recapitulation
Consideration of beings as whole presupposes the essential inclusion of man in the difference betwen being and beings
Wealth and poverty of meanin in the -is+
Equating dealing with the actual with considering begins as a whole
The unthought residence of man in the distinction between being and beings Second Divions: Guidewords for Reflection upon Being
Being is the emptiest and at the same time a surplus
Being is the most common and at the same time unique
Being is the most intelligible and at the same time concealment
Being is the most worn-out and at the smae time the origin
Being is the most reliable and at the same time the non-ground
Being is the most said and at the same time a keeping silent
Being is the most forgotten and at the same time remembrance
Being is the most constraining and at the same time liberation
Unifying reflection upon being in the sequence of quidewords Recapitulation Guidewords about Being
Being is empty as an abstract concept and at the same time a surplus
Being is the most common of all and at the same time uniqueness (The sameness of being and nothing)
The meaning of the quidewords: Instructions for reflection upon the difference between being and beings Third Division: Being and Man
The ambivalence of being and the essence of man: What casts itself toward us and is cast away
The historicality of being and the historically esstential abode of man
Remembrance into the first inception of Western thinking is reflection upon being, is grasping the ground Recapitulation
The discordant essence in the relation of man to being: The casting-toward and casting-away of being
Remembrance into the first inception is placement into still presencing being, is grasping it as the ground
The Incipient Saying of Being in the Fragment of Anaximander
The conflicting intentions of phi

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