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An Introduction

J. Jeremy Wisnewski

This concise and accessible textbook examines German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s entire body of work through the lens of his first and best-known book, Being and Time. An influential, twentieth-century scholar, Heidegger is often studied by opposing his early and later works. This insightful, new text guides students through Heidegger’s ideas without shying away from controversial issues and debates within the scholarship. By unifying Being and Time with the rest of Heidegger’s work, this book addresses the evolution of his thought across his lifetime. The text features a glossary of Greek, Latin, and English terms and a guide for reading the book in conjunction with Heidegger’s writings. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 206Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-1925-0 • Hardback • November 2012 • $87.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-1926-7 • Paperback • November 2012 • $33.00 • (£22.95)
978-1-4422-1927-4 • eBook • November 2012 • $31.00 • (£21.95)
J. Jeremy Wisnewski is associate professor of philosophy at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.
List of Tables
Chapter 1: The Philosopher from Meβkirch
Chapter 2: The Forgotten Question
Chapter 3: Being-in-the-World
Chapter 4: Inauthenticity and Everyday Understanding
Chapter 5: Truth and Reality: Implications of an Appropriate Interpretation of Dasein
Chapter 6: Death and Authenticity
Chapter 7: Temporality and History
Chapter 8: The Later Heidegger: Technology, Thinking, and Dwelling
Chapter 9: The Shadow of Heidegger: A Few Concluding Remarks
A Quick Terminology Guide for Getting Started
Common Greek Terms in Being and Time
Common Latin Terms in Being and Time
Selected Bibliography
This excellent and detailed volume by Wisnewski devotes chapters 2-7 to a very careful and philosophically reliable analysis of Being and Time. Only in chapter 8 does the book turn to the later Heidegger. Throughout the focus is on Being and Time. The book has wonderful sections on secondary works on Being and Time, secondary works on the later Heidegger, collections of Heidegger's essays, works influenced by Heidegger, and lists of Heidegger's writings on ancient philosophy, art, ethics, politics, religion, technology, and truth. Appendixes feature common Greek and common Latin terms in Being and Time. This is an excellent book for those who are beginning their study of Heidegger. Wisnewski is the editor of the Review Journal of Political Philosophy and the author of a number of books, including Understanding Torture. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers.

The beauty of Jeremy Wisnewski's crystal clear and reader-friendly explication of the main ideas in Heidegger's magnum opus, Being and Time, is that it locates these ideas in the context of the entire evolution of Heidegger's thought. The book will be exceedingly valuable to students of Heidegger's work.
Robert D. Stolorow

Remarkably clear, thorough and insightful, Wisnewski's book should be a boon not only for the Heideggerian novices for whom it is written but for old hands as well. Wisnewski is a sure guide through Being and Time and later texts. He is able not only to elucidate them but, in showing just how illuminating they can be, reproduce some of the revelatory excitement Heidegger's contemporaries must have felt.
Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside

A new and clearly written interpretation of Being and Time and how it relates to Heidegger’s later work.

A Quick Terminology Guide for Getting Started

Common Greek Terms in Being and Time

Common Latin Terms in Being and Time

A list of abbreviations used throughout the text

A selected bibliography