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Four Seminars

Martin Heidegger. Translated by Andrew J. Mitchell and François Raffoul

Publication Year: 2012

In Four Seminars, Heidegger reviews the entire trajectory of his thought and offers unique perspectives on fundamental aspects of his work. First published in French in 1976, these seminars were translated into German with Heidegger's approval and reissued in 1986 as part of his Gesamtausgabe, volume 15. Topics considered include the Greek understanding of presence, the ontological difference, the notion of system in German Idealism, the power of naming, the problem of technology, danger, and the event. Heidegger's engagements with his philosophical forebears—Parmenides, Heraclitus, Kant, and Hegel—continue in surprising dialogues with his contemporaries—Husserl, Marx, and Wittgenstein. While providing important insights into how Heidegger conducted his lectures, these seminars show him in his maturity reflecting back on his philosophical path. An important text for understanding contemporary philosophical debates, Four Seminars provides extraordinarily rich material for students and scholars of Heidegger.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought

Title Page, Copyright

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Translators’ Foreword

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pp. vii-xvii

The Four Seminars of 1966, 1968, 1969, and 1973 grant us insight into Heidegger’s thinking at the end of his career and towards the end of his life. In many regards they are the culmination of his work and the last intensive philosophical engagements of his life. These...

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Seminar in Le Thor 1966

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pp. 1-9

The seminar from 1966 (eight years after the lecture in Aix-en-Provence: “Hegel and the Greeks”) consists of seven conversations. The first two concerned Parmenides and the following five were all in regard to Heraclitus. Two young Italian friends...

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Seminar in Le Thor 1968

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pp. 10-34

This is the first session of the seminar. Consequently, Heidegger begins with a general remark on the work of the seminar. There can be no authority, since we work in common. We work in order to reach the matter itself [Sache selbst] which is in question...

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Seminar in Le Thor 1969

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pp. 35-63

So we pose the question: what does the “question of being” mean? For, as a question, the question of being already offers numerous possibilities for misunderstanding—something confirmed by the continual failure to understand the book...

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Seminar in Zähringen 1973

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pp. 64-81

The analysis of the worldhood of the world is indeed an “essential step” to the extent that, for the first time in the history of philosophy, being-in-the-world appears as the primary mode of encountering entities. Better: being-in-the-world is discovered...

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German Translator’s Afterword to Vier Seminare

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pp. 85-92

In the 1937 essay “Wege zur Aussprache,” Heidegger referred to France for the first time as the “neighbor people,” with whom a “meditation to be achieved through productive reciprocal conversation” would be historically necessary. This was explained...

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Martin Heidegger, “The Provenance of Thinking”

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pp. 93

This meditation is the precondition for sufficiently characterizing the “step back” and for being able to risk it with the required clarity; not as a doing of one’s own, but rather from the compliance towards a call that is still held concealed in...

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Martin Heidegger, “Parmenides"

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pp. 94-97

This word of the Goddess still holds today, and probably more urgently so for every attempt to fittingly follow the originary thinking of Parmenides. Thus the common translation of the title words cited above probably also lacks the care of this demanding...

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German Editor’s Afterword to Collected Edition, Volume 15

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pp. 98-99

Heidegger gave the above mentioned manuscript of the Parmenides elucidation, including the preliminary remark “The Provenance of Thinking,” to his brother Fritz on his eightieth birthday, “in memory of the years of mutual work.” Since these texts belong...

Endnotes to the Translation

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pp. 101-112

Glossary: German–English

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pp. 113-115

Glossary: English–German

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pp. 116-118

E-ISBN-13: 9780253008954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253343635

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought