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Heidegger's Hut

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ISBN-10: 0262195518

ISBN-13: 9780262195515

Edition: 2006

Authors: Adam Sharr, Andrew Benjamin, Digne Meller-Marcovicz, Simon Sadler

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"This is the most thorough architectural 'crit' of a hut ever set down, the justification for which is that the hut was the setting in which Martin Heidegger wrote phenomenological texts that became touchstones for late-twentieth-century architectural theory." --from the foreword by Simon Sadler Beginning in the summer of 1922, philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) occupied a small, three-room cabin in the Black Forest Mountains of southern Germany. He called it "die Huuml;tte" ("the hut"). Over the years, Heidegger worked on many of his most famous writings in this cabin, from his early lectures to his last enigmatic texts. He claimed an intellectual and emotional intimacy with the building and its surroundings, and suggested even that the landscape expressed itself through him, almost without agency. In Heidegger's Hut, Adam Sharr explores this intense relationship of thought, place, and person. Heidegger's mountain hut has been an object of fascination for many, including architects interested in his writings about "dwelling" and "place." Sharr's account--the first substantive investigation of the building and Heidegger's life there--reminds us that, in approaching Heidegger's writings, it is important to consider the circumstances in which the philosopher, as he himself said, felt "transported" into the work's "own rhythm." Indeed, Heidegger's apparent abdication of agency and tendency toward romanticism seem especially significant in light of his troubling involvement with the Nazi regime in the early 1930s. Sharr draws on original research, including interviews with Heidegger's relatives, as well as on written accounts of the hut by Heidegger and his visitors. The book's evocative photographs include scenic and architectural views taken by the author and many remarkable images of a septuagenarian Heidegger in the hut taken by the photojournalist Digne Meller-Markovicz. There are many ways to interpret Heidegger's hut--as the site of heroic confrontation between philosopher and existence; as the petit bourgeois escape of a misguided romantic; as a place overshadowed by fascism; or as an entirely unremarkable little building. Heidegger's Hutdoes not argue for any one reading, but guides readers toward their own possible interpretations of the importance of "die Huuml;tte."
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 163
Size: 7.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Simon Sadler is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of California, Davis.

A Landscape and Its Movements
The Hut in the Valley
Inside the Hut
Outside the Hut
How the Hut Came to Be Built
How the Hut Was Used
Heidegger's Relationship with the Hut
Visitors to the Hut and Their Accounts of It
Hut and House: Heidegger's Mountain Life and City Life
The Hut as a Reflection of Heidegger's Thinking?