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Bremen and Freiburg Lectures

Insight Into That Which Is and Basic Principles of Thinking

Martin Heidegger. Translated by Andrew J. Mitchell

Publication Year: 2012

This volume consists of two lecture series given by Heidegger in the 1940s and 1950s. The lectures given in Bremen constitute the first public lectures Heidegger delivered after World War II, when he was officially banned from teaching. Here, Heidegger openly resumes thinking that deeply engaged him with Hölderlin's poetry and themes developed in his earlier works. In the Freiburg lectures Heidegger ponders thought itself and freely engages with the German idealists and Greek thinkers who had provoked him in the past. Andrew J. Mitchell's translation allows English-speaking readers to explore important connections with Heidegger's earlier works on language, logic, and reality.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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Translator’s Foreword

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pp. vii-xvi

This translation brings two key lecture cycles from Heidegger’s later thinking to an English-language readership. Published as volume 79 of Heidegger’s . . .

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pp. xvii-xviii

My first thanks go to Amy Alexander for her unwavering encouragement during the course of this translation. I am especially grateful to Dee Mortensen, Janet Rabinowitch, and . . .

Insight Into That WhIch Is: Bremen Lectures 1949

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The Point of Reference

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pp. 3-4

All distances in time and space are shrinking. Places that a person previously reached after weeks and months on the road are now reached by airplane overnight. What a person . . .

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The Thing

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pp. 5-22

How do things stand with nearness? How can we experience its essence? Nearness, it seems, cannot be immediately found. We sooner achieve this by pursuing what is in the vicinity . . .

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pp. 23-43

The beginning of the path showed: all mastery of distances brings no nearness at all. With nearness there likewise slips away the remote. Everything is leveled down into the . . .

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The Danger

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pp. 44-63

Positionality orders the standing reserve. Prior to this, positionality also prohibits nearness. Nearness remains outstanding in positionality, which everywhere arranges what is . . .

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The Turn

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pp. 64-73

The essence of positionality is the collected positioning that pursues its own essential truth with forgetfulness, a pursuit disguised in that it unfolds in the requisitioning of everything . . .

Basic Principles of Thinking: Freiburg Lectures 1957

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Lecture I

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pp. 77-91

The basic principles of thinking guide and regulate the activity of thinking. They are therefore also named the laws of thought. One accords to them the principle of identity, the principle of . . .

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Lecture II and Review of Lecture I

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pp. 92-107

No one can demand of us that we should think like the philosophers. But it could be expected of us, from who knows where, that we learn to make distinctions, because differences . . .

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Lecture III, The Principle of Identity

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pp. 108-121

According to a customary formulation, the principle of identity reads: A = A. The principle holds as the highest law of thought. We will attempt to contemplate this principle for awhile. We . . .

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Lecture IV

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pp. 122-143

The following meditation passes over the last lecture, which discussed the principle of identity. Rather, this meditation recalls the course of the second lecture, admittedly now after . . .

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Lecture V

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pp. 144-166

The meditation of these lectures traverses a path along which we are attempting to situate the phrase “Basic Principles of Thinking.” The meditation seeks to indicate the location that . . .

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Editor’s Afterword

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pp. 167-193

The present volume 79 contains the complete version of the Bremen lecture cycle Insight Into That Which Is from the year 1949 and the Freiburg lecture cycle



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pp. 173-184


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pp. 185-198

E-ISBN-13: 9780253007162
E-ISBN-10: 025300716X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253002310

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought