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Introduction to Philosophy -- Thinking and Poetizing

Martin Heidegger. Translated by Phillip Jacques Braunstein

Publication Year: 2011

First published in 1990 as the second part of volume 50 of Heidegger's Complete Works, Introduction to Philosophy presents Heidegger's final lecture course given at the University of Freiburg in 1944 before he was drafted into the German army. While the lecture is incomplete, Heidegger provides a clear and provocative discussion of the relation between philosophy and poetry by analyzing Nietzsche's poetry. Here, Heidegger explores themes such as the home and homelessness, the age of technology, globalization, postmodernity, the philosophy of poetry and language, aesthetics, and the role of philosophy in society. Translated into English for the first time, this text will be of particular interest to those who study Heidegger's politics and political philosophy.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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pp. vii-ix

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Editor’s Foreword

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p. xi

The present volume comprises part of a lecture course that was announced for the 1944/1945 Winter Semester in Freiburg as an introduction to philosophy, under the title “Thinking and Poetizing.” The lecture course had to be cancelled after the second session as a result of an intrusion ...

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Translator’s Foreword

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pp. xiii-xiv

Heidegger’s incomplete lecture course Introduction to Philosophy— Thinking and Poetizing originates from the 1944 Winter Semester at Freiburg and appears in this volume along with revisions and notes from volume 50 of the Heidegger Gesamtausgabe. ...

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Introduction: Introduction to Philosophy as a Guide to Genuine Thinking through the Thinker Nietzsche and the Poet Hölderlin

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pp. 1-14

Whoever plans an “introduction to Philosophy” [»Einleitung in die Philosophie«] presupposes that those who are to be introduced to philosophy stand initially outside of it. Philosophy itself thus counts as an area somewhere that consists of knowledge and principles, which many people might bypass throughout their lives ...

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Chapter One The Fundamental Experience and Fundamental Attunement of Nietzsche’s Thinking

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pp. 15-32

The thinking of a thinker is true [wahr] if it guards [wahrt] the advent of being. Thinking guards being by tending being’s advent thoughtfully in its saying, by sheltering [birgt] being in the word of the saying, and at the same time thereby concealing [verbirgt] being in language. ...

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Chapter Two The Creation of the New Home Out of the Will to Power

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pp. 33-40

The homeless ones that Nietzsche means are the willing ones, willing in the sense of the will to power, to whom the essence of their willing—wherein they will and through which they have come to be at home—appears in the abundant light of the brightest midday, and all homesickness and longing die away. ...

Thinking and Poetizing: Considerations for the Lecture

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p. 41

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pp. 41-50

The word “thinking,” used straightforwardly, means all thinking performed by those who are called “the thinkers.” Their ancient name is φιλόσοφοι, the philosophers. “Thinking” understood straightforwardly is philosophy, φιλοσοφία. To be sure, the word “poetizing” can also have an even broader meaning, ...

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pp. 51-62

Philosophy is the thinking of thinkers. They think that which is, being, insofar as it determines beings. For a long time, and today still, that which comes to presence [das Anwesende], the present, counts for Western thinking as that which is. But even that which is in the process of arriving [das Kommende] ...

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Appendix to Nietzsche’s Metaphysics

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pp. 63-68

This thinking will not become real by being transferred into a practice as philosophy; rather, thinking as thinking of being and, i.e., from out of being, is that which appears in advance from out of the same being among beings themselves. ...

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Lecture Announcements: Transcriptions and Facsimiles

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pp. 69-72

Martin Heidegger’s handwritten announcements, reproduced below as a facsimile, were posted on the notice board as the final lecture and seminar announcements at the University of Freiburg and were singed and charred after the bombing attack on Freiburg on 27 November 1944. The announcements were salvaged by an unknown person. ...

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Editor’s Afterword

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pp. 73-74

According to Martin Heidegger’s wishes, Gesamtausgabe 50 combines two lecture manuscripts. Heidegger had announced his course for the Winter Semester 1941–1942 under the title “Nietzsche’s Metaphysics,” but instead selected the lecture “Hölderlin’s Hymne ‘Andenken’” (now GA 52) instead of this one. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780253001108
E-ISBN-10: 0253001102
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253355911

Page Count: 96
Illustrations: 2 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought
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OCLC Number: 776093867
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  • Poetry.
  • Thought and thinking.
  • Philosophy.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 -- Poetic works.
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