Being and Truth

Being and Truth

Martin Heidegger, translated by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/25/2015
Format: Paperback 5 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02082-6
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In these lectures, delivered in 1933-1934 while he was Rector of the University of Freiburg and an active supporter of the National Socialist regime, Martin Heidegger addresses the history of metaphysics and the notion of truth from Heraclitus to Hegel. First published in German in 2001, these two lecture courses offer a sustained encounter with Heidegger's thinking during a period when he attempted to give expression to his highest ambitions for a philosophy engaged with politics and the world. While the lectures are strongly nationalistic and celebrate the revolutionary spirit of the time, they also attack theories of racial supremacy in an attempt to stake out a distinctively Heideggerian understanding of what it means to be a people. This careful translation offers valuable insight into Heidegger's views on language, truth, animality, and life, as well as his political thought and activity.

Author Bio

Gregory Fried is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. He is author of Heidegger's Polemos: From Being to Politics and editor (with Richard Polt) of A Companion to Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics.

Richard Polt is Professor in the Philosophy Department at Xavier University. He is author of The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy and Heidegger: An Introduction.


“This careful and faithful translation of two lecture courses offers valuable insight into Heidegger's views on language, truth, animality, and life, as well as his political thought and activity.”

“Fried and Polt's translation of Martin Heidegger's Being and Truth is a well-crafted and careful rendering of an important and demanding volume of the Complete Works.”
 — Andrew Mitchell, Emory University

“The two lecture courses collected in the volume entitled Being and Truth were delivered during Heidegger's tenure as the first Nazi rector of the University of Freiburg and thus in his darkest hour as a philosopher. . . When reading Heidegger's political statements, which frame and punctuate his otherwise thought-provoking philosophical analyses . . . what is most striking, ultimately, is Heidegger's utter blindness with respect to the true nature of an odious and destructive worldview and his systematic yet delusional projection of a profound transformation of Europe's destiny and a new dawn into the darkest episode of German history.6/3/11”
 — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Table of Contents

Translators' Foreword

Summer Semester 1933

Introduction: The Fundamental Question of Philosophy and the Fundamental Happening of Our History

Main Part: The Fundamental Question and Metaphysics: Preparation for a Confrontation with Hegel
Chapter One. The Development, Transformation, and Christianization of Traditional Metaphysics
Chapter Two. The System of Modern Metaphysics and the First of Its Primary Determining Grounds: The Mathematical
Chapter Three. Determination by Christianity and the Concept of Mathematical-Methodological Grounding in the Metaphysical Systems of Modernity
Chapter Four. Hegel: The Completion of Metaphysics as Theo-logic

Winter Semester 1933-1934

Introduction: The Question of Essence as Insidious and Unavoidable

Part One. Truth and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic
Chapter One. The Four Stages of the Happening of Truth
Chapter Two. The Idea of the Good and Unconcealment
Chapter Three. The Question of the Essence of Untruth

Part Two. An Interpretation of Plato's Theaetetus With Regard to the Question of the Essence of Untruth
Chapter One. Preliminary Considerations on the Greek Concept of Knowledge
Chapter Two. Theaetetus's Answers to the Question of the Essence of Knowledge and their Rejection
Chapter Three. The Question of the Possibility of

Appendix I
Notes and drafts for the lecture course of Summer Semester 1933

Appendix II
Notes and drafts for the lecture course of Winter Semester 1933-1934

Editor's Afterword
German-English Glossary

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