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Basic Concepts, one of the first texts to appear in English from the critical later period of Martin Heidegger's thought, strikes out in new directions. First published in German in 1981 as Grundbegriffe (volume 51 of Martin Heidegger's collected works), it is the text of a lecture course that Heidegger gave at Freiburg in the winter semester of 1941 during the phase of his thinking known as the "turning". In this transition Heidegger shifted his attention from the problem of the meaning of being to the question of the truth of being. The text consists of an introduction and two parts. In the introduction Heidegger explains the meaning of his title as "concepts of ground". Part One, divided into three sections, attempts to thematize the difference between being and beings. The first section takes up the metaphysical, logical, grammatical, and everyday meanings of the verb "to be" and shows their inadequacy. The second section, a strikingly original discussion, examines a series of eight directives for reflecting on being. The third section shifts from being toward man and points to the discord between the two. In Part Two, Heidegger interprets two fragments by Anaximander to recover an "incipient saying of Being" that is poetic rather than metaphysical. In this clear translation by Gary E. Aylesworth, Basic Concepts provides a concise introduction to Heidegger's later thought.

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Basic Concepts, one of the first texts to appear in English from the critical later period of Martin Heidegger's thought, strikes out in new directions. First published in German in 1981 as Grundbegriffe (volume 51 of Martin Heidegger's Collected Works), it is the text of a lecture course that Heidegger gave at Freiburg in the winter semester of 1941 during the phase of his thinking known as the "turning." In this translation, Heidegger shifted his attention from the problem of the meaning of being to the question of the truth of being. In this lucid translation by Gary E. Aylesworth, Basic Concepts provides a concise introduction to Heidegger's later thought.

Synopsis:

... an excellent and accessible introduction to the laterHeidegger. — Choice

Heidegger's method isunmistakable in these lectures.... This is thinking that is alive, alwaysgreen. — Review of Metaphysics

This translation...enlarges our historical view of the probing advances in Heidegger's thought.-- International Studies in Philosophy

This clear translation ofMartin Heidegger's lecture course of 1941 offers a concise introduction to the newdirections of his later thought. In this transition, Heidegger shifts from theproblem of the meaning of being to the question of the truth of being.

About the Author

Gary E. Aylesworth teaches philosophy at Eastern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword

Introduction: The Internal Connection between Ground-Being-Inception

1. Elucidation of the title of the lecture "Basic Concepts"

Recapitulation

1. Our understnading of "basic concepts" and our relation to them as an anticipatory knowing

2. The decay of knowing in the present age: The decision in favor of the useful over what we can do without

3. The inception as a decision about what is essential in Western history (in modern times: unconditional will and technology)

4. Practicing the relation to what is "thought-worthy" by considering the ground

5. The essential admittance of historical man into the inception, into the "essence" of ground

Part One: Considering the Saying. The Differnce between Beings and Being

First Division: Discussion of the "Is", of Beings as a Whole

2. Beings as a whole are actual, possible, necessary

3. Nonconsideration of the essential distinction between being and beings

4. The nondiscoverability of the "is"

5. The unquestioned character of the "is" in its grammatical determination--emptiness and richness of meaning

6. The solution of healthy common sense: Acting and effecting amoung beings instead of empty thinking about being (workers and soldiers)

7. Renouncing being--dealing with beings

Recapitulation

1. Consideration of beings as whole presupposes the essential inclusion of man in the difference betwen being and beings

2. Wealth and poverty of meanin in the "is"

3. Equating dealing with the actual with considering begins as a whole

4. The unthought residence of man in the distinction between being and beings

Second Division: Guidewords for Reflection upon Being

8. Being is the emptiest and at the same time a surplus

9. Being is the most common and at the same time unique

10. Being is the most intelligible and at the same time concealment

11. Being is the most worn-out and at the smae time the origin

12. Being is the most reliable and at the same time the non-ground

13. Being is the most said and at the same time a keeping silent

14. Being is the most forgotten and at the same time remembrance

15. Being is the most constraining and at the same time liberation

16. Unifying reflection upon being in the sequence of quidewords

Recapitulation

Guidewords about Being

1. Being is empty as an abstract concept and at the same time a surplus

2. Being is the most common of all and at the same time uniqueness (The sameness of being and nothing)

3. The meaning of the quidewords: Instructions for reflection upon the difference between being and beings

Third Division: Being and Man

17. The ambivalence of being and the essence of man: What casts itself toward us and is cast away

18. The historicality of being and the historically esstential abode of man

19. Remembrance into the first inception of Western thinking is reflection upon being, is grasping the ground

Recapitulation

1. The discordant essence in the relation of man to being: The casting-toward and casting-away of being

2. Remembrance into the first inception is placement into still presencing being, is grasping it as the ground

Part Two: The Incipient Saying of Being in the Fragment of Anaximander

20. The conflicting intentions of philological tradition and philosophical translation

21. Nietzsche's and Diels's renderings of the fragment as the standard for interpretations current today

Recapitulation

The remembering return into the inception of Western thinking--listening to the fragment of Anaximander

22. Reflection upon the incipient saying of being in the fragment of Anaximander

23. Excursus: Insight into the with the help of another word from Anaximander

24. The second sentence thinks being in correspondence with its essence as presencing, abiding, time

25. The relation of both sentences to one another: The fragment as the incipient saying of being

Editor's Epilogue

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253212153
Translator:
Aylesworth, Gary E.
Author:
Aylesworth, Gary E.
Author:
Heidegger, Martin
Author:
Polt, Richard
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy, german
Subject:
Greek influences
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Continental; Philosophy; Religion
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Studies in Continental Thought (Paperback)
Series Volume:
8091
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.48 x 5.2 x 0.21 in

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"Synopsis" by , Basic Concepts, one of the first texts to appear in English from the critical later period of Martin Heidegger's thought, strikes out in new directions. First published in German in 1981 as Grundbegriffe (volume 51 of Martin Heidegger's Collected Works), it is the text of a lecture course that Heidegger gave at Freiburg in the winter semester of 1941 during the phase of his thinking known as the "turning." In this translation, Heidegger shifted his attention from the problem of the meaning of being to the question of the truth of being. In this lucid translation by Gary E. Aylesworth, Basic Concepts provides a concise introduction to Heidegger's later thought.
"Synopsis" by , ... an excellent and accessible introduction to the laterHeidegger. — Choice

Heidegger's method isunmistakable in these lectures.... This is thinking that is alive, alwaysgreen. — Review of Metaphysics

This translation...enlarges our historical view of the probing advances in Heidegger's thought.-- International Studies in Philosophy

This clear translation ofMartin Heidegger's lecture course of 1941 offers a concise introduction to the newdirections of his later thought. In this transition, Heidegger shifts from theproblem of the meaning of being to the question of the truth of being.

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