Country Path Conversations

Country Path Conversations

Martin Heidegger
Translated by Bret W. Davis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/24/2010
ISBN: 978-0-253-00439-0
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First published in German in 1995, volume 77 of Heidegger’s Complete Works consists of three imaginary conversations written as World War II was coming to an end. Composed at a crucial moment in history and in Heidegger's own thinking, these conversations present meditations on science and technology; the devastation of nature, the war, and evil; and the possibility of release from representational thinking into a more authentic relation with being and the world. The first conversation involves a scientist, a scholar, and a guide walking together on a country path; the second takes place between a teacher and a tower-warden, and the third features a younger man and an older man in a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia, where Heidegger’s two sons were missing in action. Unique because of their conversational style, the lucid and precise translation of these texts offers insight into the issues that engaged Heidegger’s wartime and postwar thinking.

Author Bio

Bret W. Davis is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He is author of Heidegger and the Will and editor (with Brian Schroeder and Jason Wirth) of Japanese and Continental Philosophy (IUP, 2010).


"Not overly technical in philosophical style, it will be of interest to philosophers outside of Heidegger studies. At the same time, it will be of interest to those who are concerned with Heidegger's writings and continental philosophy generally." —James Risser, Seattle University

"Bret Ellis . . . provides a thoughtful, clear and highly readable translation of these conversations. He includes key German terms in the text and occasionally provides a brief discussion of the resonances of certain German terms likely to be unfamiliar to even those readers with second language German. His informative introduction places the work in the context of Heidegger’s biography and philosophy as well as within the work’s social and historical context." —
Philosophy in Review

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Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
1. 'Aγχιβασíη: A Three-way Conversation on a Country Path between a Scientist, a Scholar, and a Guide
2. The Teacher Meets the Tower Warden at the Door to the Tower Stairway
3. Evening Conversation: In a Prisoner of War Camp in Russia, between a Younger and an Older Man
Editor's Afterword