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Edi tor’s Af t erwor d The two lecture courses collected in the present double volume under the bibliographical title Being and Truth stem from Martin Heidegger’s year as rector. The lecture course The Fundamental Question of Philosophy was held in Summer Semester 1933 for two hours per week, as was the lecture course On the Essence of Truth in Winter Semester 1933–1934. The latter began, according to extant transcripts by attendees, on 7 November 1933, and ended 27 February 1934. The transcripts do not provide any such dates for the lecture course of Summer Semester 1933. However, the brevity of the text of the course allows us to surmise that because of the extraordinary and unaccustomed duties of the office of rector, Heidegger canceled some sessions of the course in Summer Semester 1933. As bases for the edition of the lecture course of Summer Semester 1933, the editor had available: 1. The photocopy of the manuscript made available by the Deutscher Literaturarchiv, which comprises 22 consecutively numbered pages written in oblong format, as well as numerous inserted and appended additions in various formats, but for the most part in DIN A5 format. 2. The transcript of the manuscript typed by the editor in 1978 (about 100 pages in DIN A4 format, including additions). 3. A handwritten student transcript by Wilhelm Hallwachs, of 117 DIN A5 pages, written for the most part on both sides of the page in a large hand; this transcript presumably represents a transcription of an originally stenographic record. 4. A typewritten student transcript by Adolph Kolping, of 35 DIN A4 pages, as a transcription of a heavily abbreviated handwritten transcript. 225 For the edition of the lecture course of Winter Semester 1933–1934, the editor had available: 1. The photocopy of the manuscript of the newly composed introduction to the repetition of this lecture course, which was held for the first time in Winter Semester 1931–1932; this introduction comprises 24 pages written in oblong format, as well as 14 inserted notes, predominantly in DIN A5 format and in part numbered consecutively. 2. A typewritten transcript of the manuscript of the introduction prepared by the editor in spring 1980. 3. The original of the handwritten transcript of the lecture course by Wilhelm Hallwachs, comprising 199 DIN A5 pages, predominantly written on both sides in broad handwriting, again presumably a transcript of an originally stenographic record. 4. A typewritten transcript of Hallwachs’s transcript (no. 3) prepared by the editor in 1985, comprising 199 pages in DIN A4 format. 5. A typewritten student transcript of 44 closely written DIN A4 pages by Arnold Bergsträsser; this is a transcript of a handwritten record that reproduces the text of the lecture course only in abbreviated form. 6. The photocopy of the manuscript of the lecture course of the same name from Winter Semester 1931–1932. As regards the bases of the edition, the lecture course On the Essence of Truth (Winter Semester 1933–1934) represents a special case. It does repeat the lecture course of the same name from Winter Semester 1931– 1932 (GA 34),1 but in a form that is altered in several ways. A newly composed introduction that deals with Heraclitus’s πόλεμος fragment, the interpretation of the Platonic allegory of the cave that has been expanded with more extensive recapitulations, the abbreviated interpretation of the dialogue Theaetetus, and the multitude of allusions that are “political” in the broader sense give the lecture course as a whole a changed form. Since Heidegger did not elaborate a new manuscript for the main part of the course, the obligation of historical veracity was enough to demand that the altered form of the main part and the numerous “political” interpolations be reproduced by printing the thorough transcript of the lecture course by Wilhelm Hallwachs. 1. [See Vom Wesen der Wahrheit. Zu Platons Höhlengleichnis und Theätet (WS 1931– 32), ed. Hermann Mörchen (Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1988; rev. edition, 1997); and The Essence of Truth: On Plato’s Cave Allegory and “Theaetetus ,” trans. Ted Sadler (London and New York: Continuum, 2005).] 226 Editor’s Afterword [300–301] Our reproduction of the Hallwachs transcript is interrupted in the session of 30 January 1934 by a handwritten textual passage by Heidegger presenting a talk on the first anniversary of the National Socialist seizure of power; in this talk, Heidegger deals in an extremely critical way with a speech given on the previous day by...

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ISBN
9780253004659
Print ISBN
9780253355119
MARC Record
OCLC
678869653
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
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