Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) was a German philosopher whose work is associated with existentialism, phenomenology, and hermeneutics. He is best known for his influential book 'Being and Time' (1927), where he explores the concept of 'Dasein', the being that is aware of and must confront its own existence. Heidegger's philosophy has had a significant impact on contemporary thought, particularly in the fields of ontology, the study of being, and existential philosophy.


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  1. 1. Being and Time

    Being and Time is a seminal work that explores the concept of "being" through a detailed analysis of human existence. The book delves into existential and phenomenological thought, examining how humans relate to the world and their own existence. The author argues that people are always "being-in-the-world" and that understanding this fundamental state is crucial to comprehending the broader concept of being. The work also introduces the concept of "Dasein," a term used to describe the specific type of being that humans possess.

    The 888th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. What Is Called Thinking?

    The book explores the nature of thought and understanding, delving into the essence of what it means to think. The author challenges the traditional views of thinking as mere cognition or problem-solving, proposing instead that true thinking is a profound engagement with being itself. Through a detailed examination of the works of philosophers, poets, and other thinkers, the text invites readers to reconsider the relationship between thought, language, and the essence of humanity, emphasizing the need for authenticity in the process of thinking and the transformative potential it holds for understanding our existence.

    The 5517th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. What Is Metaphysics?

    In "What Is Metaphysics?" the author delves into the complex philosophical concepts of existence and reality. Heidegger explores the notion of 'nothingness' and its importance in understanding being. He argues that the concept of 'nothing' is integral to the essence of 'being', and that our comprehension of 'nothing' provides a basis for all other philosophical inquiries. This text is a cornerstone in existential philosophy, challenging traditional metaphysical views and prompting readers to question their understanding of reality.

    The 7960th Greatest Book of All Time