Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics, Fifth Edition, Enlarged

Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics, Fifth Edition, Enlarged

Martin Heidegger, translated by Richard Taft
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/22/1997
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21067-8
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Since its original publication in 1929, Martin Heidegger’s provocative book on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason has attracted much attention both as an important contribution to twentieth-century Kant scholarship and as a pivotal work in Heidegger’s own development after Being and Time. This fifth, enlarged edition includes marginal notations made by Heidegger in his personal copy of the book and four new appendices—Heidegger's postpublication notes on the book, his review of Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, Heidegger's response to reviews by rudolf Odebrecht and Cassirer, and an essay "On the History of the Philosophical Chair since 1866." The work is significant not only for its illuminating assessment of Kant’s thought but also for its elaboration of themes first broached in Being and Time, especially the problem of how Heidegger proposed to enact his destruction of the metaphysical tradition and the role that his reading of Kant would play therein.

Author Bio

Richard Taft is former Research Fellow at Trinity College, Hartford, and former Fulbright Fellow at the Hegel Archive of the Ruhr University in Germany.

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“"With every passing year . . . this work continues to grow in significance and stature. Publication of this new translation could not be more timely . . . a finely nuanced translation . . . This authoritative English translation will play an important role in determining Heidegger's reputation in the coming years. An essential acquisition for all collections." —Choice “ . . . superb new translation . . . ” —International Philosophical Quarterly “Richard Taft’s welcome new translation . . . brings forth even further the unmistakable vitality of Heidegger’s classic albeit controversial exchange with Kant’s transcendental philosophy.” —Interpretation "Heidegger's Kant-book, one of the more controversial but also insightful examinations of Kant's First Critique, is at the same time an important key to Heidegger's animating concerns in Being and Time. Richard Taft's new translation, remarkably faithful to both the letter and the spirit of Heidegger's text, is to be commended for its high standard of philosophic translation." —Charles M. Sherover “ . . . excellent translation . . . ” —The Philosopher”

“Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant remains a challenging way to address the issues that both Kant and Heidegger saw as crucial. . . . In reading [Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics] we can struggle with some basic issues of human existence in the company of two great minds.”
 — International Philosophical Quarterly

“One of Heidegger’s most important and extraordinary works. . . . indispensable for anyone interested in Heidegger’s thought as well as in current trends in hermeneutics, ethics, and political philosophy.”
 — Interpretation

“With every passing year . . . this work continues to grow in significance and stature. Publication of this new translation could not be more timely . . . a finely nuanced translation . . . This authoritative English translation will play an important role in determining Heidegger's reputation in the coming years. An essential acquisition for all collections.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction
References to Works of Kant and Heidegger
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Prefaces to the First, Second, and Third Editions

Introduction
The Theme and Structure of the Investigation
The unfolding of the idea of a Fundamental Ontology through the interpretation of the Critique of Pure Reason as a laying of the ground for Metaphysics

Part One
The Starting Point for the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

Part Two
Carrying out the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

A. The Characterization of the Dimension of Going-Back (needed) for Carrying Out the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

I. The Essential Characteristics of the Field of Origin

II. The Manner of Unveiling the Origin

B. The Stages of Carrying out the Projection of the Inner Possibility of Ontology
The First Stage in the Ground-Laying: The Essential Elements of Pure Knowledge
A) Pure Intuition in Finite Knowing
B) Pure Thinking in Finite Knowing
The Second Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Essential Unity of Pure Knowledge
The Third Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Inner Possibility of the Essential Unity of Ontological Synthesis
The Fourth Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Ground for the Inner Possibility of Ontological Knowledge
The Fifth Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Full Essential Determination of Ontological Knowledge

Part Three
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in Its Originality
A. The Explicit Characterization of the Ground Laid in the Ground-Laying
B. The Transcendental Power of Imagination as Root of Both Stems
C. The Transcendental Power of Imagination and the Problem of Human Pure Reason

Part Four
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in a Retrieval
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in Anthropology
B. The Problem of Finitude in Human Beings and the Metaphysics of Dasein
C. The Metaphysics of Dasein as Fundamental Ontology

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