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Martin Heidegger

German philosopher

1889   -   1976

country of citizenship: German Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, West Germany
educated at: University of Freiburg
occupation: philosopher, poet, university teacher
student of: Edmund Husserl
influenced by: Edmund Husserl, Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Heraclitus, Anaximander, Parmenides, Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Immanuel Kant

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Martin Heidegger (; German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈhaɪdɛɡɐ]; 26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition and philosophical hermeneutics, and is "widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century." Heidegger is best known for his contributions to phenomenology and existentialism, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy cautions, "his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification". Heidegger's membership in and public support for the Nazi Party has been the subject of widespread controversy regarding the extent to which his Nazism influenced his philosophy. His first and best known book, Being and Time (1927), though unfinished, is one of the central philosophical works of the 20th century. In its first part, Heidegger attempted to turn away from "ontic" questions about beings to ontological questions about Being, and recover the most fundamental philosophical question: the question of Being, of what it means for something to be. Heidegger approached the question through an inquiry into the being that has an understanding of Being, and asks the question about it, namely, Human being, which he called Dasein ("being-there"). Heidegger argued that Dasein is defined by Care, its practically engaged and concernful mode of being-in-the-world, in opposition to such Rationalist thinkers as René Descartes who located the essence of man in his thinking abilities. For Heidegger thinking is thinking about things originally discovered in our everyday practical engagements. The consequence of this is that our capacity to think cannot be the most central quality of our being because thinking is a reflecting upon this more original way of discovering the world. In the second part of his book, Heidegger argues that human being is even more fundamentally structured by its Temporality, or its concern with, and relationship to time, existing as a structurally open "possibility-for-being". He emphasized the importance of Authenticity in human existence, involving a truthful relationship to our thrownness into a world which we are "always already" concerned with, and to our being-towards-death, the Finitude of the time and being we are given, and the closing down of our various possibilities for being through time.Heidegger also made critical contributions to philosophical conceptions of truth, arguing that its original meaning was unconcealment, to philosophical analyses of art as a site of the revelation of truth, and to philosophical understanding of language as the "house of being." Heidegger's later work includes criticisms of technology's instrumentalist understanding in the Western tradition as "enframing", treating all of Nature as a "standing reserve" on call for human purposes. Heidegger is a controversial figure, largely for his affiliation with Nazism, as Rector of the University of Freiburg for 11 months, before his resignation in April 1934, for which he neither apologized nor publicly expressed regret.
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works

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Phenomenology of the Religious Life

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

2011

Being and Time

Philosophy book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1927

Was ist Metaphysik?

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1929

Contributions to Philosophy

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1989

Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister"

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1984

What is Philosophy?

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1956

Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1929 or 1981

The Question Concerning Technology

book by Martin Heidegger

author: Martin Heidegger

1954

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