Basic Questions of Philosophy

Basic Questions of Philosophy

Selected "Problems" of "Logic"
Heidegger, Martin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/22/1994
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-32685-0
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First published in German in 1984 as volume 45 of Martin Heidegger’s collected works, this book is the first English translation of a lecture course he presented at the University of Freiburg in 1937–1938. Heidegger’s task here is to reassert the question of the essence of truth, not as a "problem" or as a matter of "logic," but precisely as a genuine philosophical question, in fact the one basic question of philosophy. Thus, this course is about the essence of truth and the essence of philosophy. On both sides Heidegger draws extensively upon the ancient Greeks, on their understanding of truth as aletheia and their determination of the beginning of philosophy as the disposition of wonder. In addition, these lectures were presented at the time that Heidegger was composing his second magnum opus, Beiträge zur Philosophie, and provide the single best introduction to that complex and crucial text.

Author Bio

Richard Rojcewicz is Executive Director of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University.

André Schuwer is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Duquesne University and cotranslator (with Richard Rojcewicz) of Parmenides by Martin Heidegger and Ideas II by Edmund Husserl.

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Table of Contents

Translators’ Foreword

Preparatory Part: The Essence of Philosophy and the Question of Truth
Chapter One: Preliminary Interpretation of the Essence of Philosophy
Chapter Two: The Question of Truth as a Basic Question

Main Part: Foundational Issues in the Question of Truth
Chapter One: The Basic Question of the Essence of Truth as a Historical Reflection
Chapter Two: The Question of the Truth (Essentiality) of the Essence
Chapter Three: The Laying of the Ground as the Foundation for Grasping an Essence
Chapter Four: The Necessity of the Question of the Essence of Truth, on the Basis of the Beginning of the History of Truth
Chapter Five: The Need and the Necessity of the First Beginning and the Need and the Necessity of an Other Way to Question and to Begin

The Question of Truth
From the First Draft
Editor’s Afterword