Synopses & Reviews
The Principle of Reason, the text of an important and influential lecture course that Martin Heidegger gave in 1955-56, takes as its focal point Leibniz's principle: nothing is without reason. Heidegger shows here that the principle of reason is in fact a principle of being. Much of his discussion is aimed at bringing his readers to the "leap of thinking," which enables them to grasp the principle of reason as a principle of being. This text presents Heidegger's most extensive reflection on the notion of history and its essence, the Geschick of being, which is considered on of the most important developments in Heidegger's later thought. One of Heidegger's most artfully composed texts, it also contains important discussions of language, translation, reason, objectivity, and technology as well as remarkable readings of Leibniz, Kant, Aristotle, and Goethe, among others.
"Recreates the intellectual footwork necessary for Heidegger's leap from the terra cognita of modernity into the existential questions of the age of technology." --Michael Heim Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
"Starting from Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." --Choice Indiana University Press
The Principle of Reason, the text of an important and influential lecture course that Martin Heidegger gave in 1955-56, takes as its focal point Leibniz's principle: nothing is without reason.
For admirers of Heidegger, the book is essential; for the curious, it provides a good look at how Heidegger philosophizes. -- LibraryJournal
This excellent translation will enable readers toappreciate the undeniable importance of Heidegger's later examination of theprinciple of sufficient reason. -- International Studies inPhilosophy
... excellent translation... -- ThePhilosopher
Starting from Leibniz's principle of sufficientreason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy andof poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation. --Choice
In this text of a lecture course that he gave in 1955-56, Martin Heidegger presents his most extensive reflection on the notion of history andits essence, the Geschick of being, which is considered one of the most importantdevelopments in Heidegger's later thought.
About the Author
Reginald Lilly is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Skidmore College and editor of The Ancients and the Moderns.
Table of Contents
The Principle of Reason
Notes on the Translation