Ponderings II-VI

Ponderings II–VI

Black Notebooks 19311938
Martin Heidegger
Translated by Richard Rojcewicz
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/20/2016
Format: cloth 400 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-02067-3
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Ponderings IIVI begins the much-anticipated English translation of Martin Heidegger's "Black Notebooks." In a series of small notebooks with black covers, Heidegger confided sundry personal observations and ideas over the course of 40 years. The five notebooks in this volume were written between 1931 and 1938 and thus chronicle Heidegger's year as Rector of the University of Freiburg during the Nazi era. Published in German as volume 94 of the Complete Works, these challenging and fascinating journal entries shed light on Heidegger's philosophical development regarding his central question of what it means to be, but also on his relation to National Socialism and the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1930s in Germany. Readers previously familiar only with excerpts taken out of context may now determine for themselves whether the controversy and censure the “Black Notebooks” have received are deserved or not. This faithful translation by Richard Rojcewicz opens the texts in a way that captures their philosophical and political content while disentangling Heidegger's notoriously difficult language.

Author Bio

Richard Rojcewicz is the translator of several works by Heidegger, including The Beginning of Western Philosophy: Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides (IUP, 2015), The Event (IUP, 2012), and (with Daniela Vallega-Neu) Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event (IUP, 2012). Rojcewicz is author of The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger.

Reviews

"It is informative, but also interesting and at times inspiring, to be privy to early stages of these definitive strands in Heidegger’s later thinking, cryptic symbols and all." —Phenomenological Reviews

"Rojcewicz's translation. . . is flawless and extremely readable. . . . Highly recommended." —Choice

"For those who want to understand where Heidegger was 'coming from,' and how, as he saw it, his abstract ideas related to his own times, the Notebooks are indispensable reading." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Intimations x Ponderings (II) and Directives
Ponderings and Intimations III
Ponderings IV
Ponderings V
Ponderings VI
Editor's Afterword
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