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Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Being and Time (1927)

by Martin Heidegger

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Well, it was a hard read :)

He uses all these made-up words, and in defining them uses other made-up words, not seeming to aim at clarity at all. The long sentences, stringing unclear concepts together, make for frustrating reading.

There’s one exception: when he discusses “das man”, meaning the superficial crowd, conventions, how “they” are used to doing or saying things. Heidegger hates “them” so much that he loses the mumbojumbo and produces an easy to understand litany, almost poetic.

Plus, it was fun comparing these passages to Foucault. I knew that french post-structuralists were influenced by Heidegger, but i had not anticipated this level of similarity: heidegger’s “man” is very close to Foucault’s “discours”.

It took me a long time to get a grip on the book’s contents, but finally i did, i think. Central is the threefold way of (human) being: (1) thrown into the world, (2) lost in superficial conventions (“das man”), but (3) every now and then able to confront your personal (im)possibilities, make decisions, shape your future, be sort of free.

Although this is not untrue, it’s also a bit of a cliche, isn’t it? For it to be wise or illuminating i would have needed something more, something else, instead of strings of concepts, built around the threefold distinction and expanding it into a large and pompous building.

Besides, human relationships (that you are born into) are hardly only about conventions. “Das man” seems a rather narrow window on culture, interdependence and interaction.

The reason I pushed through was my reading club: i read it together with friends. It was a bit like climbing a mountain together. Also, sometimes Heidegger’s insistance on the inward turn reminded me of meditation, which i’m into. And, finally, I really liked the biography by Rüdiger Safranski: it’s a wonderful, well-written book, putting heidegger’s work into perspective. ( )
  pingdjip | Nov 14, 2016 |
This is one of the most rigorous and methodically constructed treatises you will find anywhere in philosophy. Heidegger is known for his difficulty, but this book holds an added challenge due to its cumulative dependence. What I mean is, you cannot possibly come to fully grasp the later sections of the book without grasping earlier sections. Every bit of the author's impressive terminology (whether it be a common term imbued with new meaning or a clever neologism) is systematically chosen, introduced, questioned, and developed as the text moves along. If you have never read Heidegger before, expect to reread certain paragraphs at least twice before their meaning begins to dawn on you. If you are persistent, the meaning of his precisely formulated sentences will cause you to perceive the world in entirely new ways. I recommend - at least at first - taking this book in small doses. If you feel your mind wandering at all just stop and go back to it later. If you are looking to scan this book for tidbits of wisdom you will likely be disappointed. Alternately, I would plan on a commitment of at least a few months if you want to glean anything at all from the text.

For those who have read Heidegger before: this book is definitely his magnum opus. Within it he establishes a point of departure for all of his later thought and works. It is also the most engaging and enlightening read you will encounter in his repertoire. Compared to Heidegger's post-kehre writings, you will find the material and style in Being and Time to be far more precise and clear [a very difficult feat indeed considering the elusive nature of the subject matter]. Also, reading this book more than once is a must! Do not be surprised if after the first read you feel as though you are missing something - you probably are. ( )
2 vote cliffhays | Dec 27, 2013 |
i didn't read all of it. but i read it with 2 of my friends who actually had backgrounds in philosophy. we read long passages out loud and sifted through the words to get at the meaning. it took 13 months. i learned alot. i respect the ideas. but damn if it wasn't like reading an alien comic book. ( )
  evanroskos | Mar 30, 2013 |
great to compare this and the famous Macquarie translation ( )
1 vote dagseoul | Mar 30, 2013 |
Good luck with this one. One of the "greatest philosophical works" of the 19th. How much of that rep is due to the fact that most people struggle to read it? (I know I did.) It's hopelessly convoluted and esoteric, even frustrating, and when you do cut down to his points they're hardly more than wordplay. Sartre would go on to continue some of that legacy, but with easier sentences and/or an involving fiction. ( )
  palaverofbirds | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Hva er det å være? Værensspørsmålet er ifølge Martin Heidegger det sentrale spørsmålet i all filosofi. I sitt hovedverk Væren og tid (1927) undersøker han væren i dens grunnleggende form, og ønsker å si noe om det faktiske livet menneskene lever. Martin Heidegger definerte sitt filosofiske prosjekt som fenomenologi – en metode for å få fenomenene til å vise seg selv slik de frem¬trer i vår bevissthet gjennom å sjalte ut ubegrunnede oppfatninger om dem. Heidegger viste i sine fenomenologiske analyser hvordan verden ikke er totali¬teten av alt som eksisterer, men en forståelseshorisont eller livsverden som ligger til grunn for hvordan de enkelte tingene fremtrer for oss. Helt sentralt i denne forståelses-horisonten står tiden. Språklig beveget Heidegger seg langt utenfor det etablerte. Han innførte stadig nye begreper – «tidslighet», «væren-i-verden», «tilhåndenhet» – og han gjorde lite for å forklare disse begrepene for leseren. Med filosofen Lars Holm-Hansens oversettelse og innledende essay bringes Heideggers hovedverk nå et godt stykke nærmere norske lesere.

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One of the most important philosophical works of our time -- a work that has had tremendous influence on philosophy, literature, and psychology, and has literally changed the intellectual map of the modern world.

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