Martin Heidegger Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Beistegui, Miguel de. Heidegger and the Political. New York: Routledge, 1998. A comprehensive look at Heidegger’s political and social views.

Bernstein, Michael André. Five Portraits: Modernity and the Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Writing. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2000. A study of five modernist poets, including Heidegger, whose elitism—according to Bernstein—limited his moral reasoning.

Biemel, Walter. Martin Heidegger: An Illustrated Study. Translated by J. L. Mehta. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. Biemel, a student under Heidegger, elucidates Heidegger’s concern for Being and truth in an accessible analysis of seven works, including Being and Time. Dozens of black-and-white photographs of Heidegger and his contemporaries, a five-page chronology, and a twenty-page bibliography (including English translations and important secondary works) contribute to this introduction to Heidegger’s thought.

Clark, Timothy. Martin Heidegger. New York: Routledge, 2002. A volume in the series Routledge Critical Thinkers.

Dallmayr, Fred. The Other Heidegger. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993. Argues against the idea that Heidegger’s political involvement with National Socialism can be separated from his philosophical writings but makes an insightful case for why Heidegger’s involvement does not imply that his philosophy should be rejected. There is, Dallymayr claims, an “other Heidegger” whose work can be...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

The work of Martin Heidegger (HI-dehg-ur) was extremely influential in twentieth century philosophy, theology, and literary criticism. His writings are essential reading for a study of phenomenology, existentialism, and deconstruction.

Heidegger was born into a Catholic family, and he began his academic studies as a student of theology. During his studies and early teaching career at the University of Freiburg, however, Heidegger became a follower of Edmund Husserl, who encouraged Heidegger’s work only as Heidegger began to reject his adherence to Catholic doctrine. Heidegger’s study of Friedrich Nietzsche completed his break with Catholicism.

Heidegger’s first major work is his magnum opus, Being...

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(Survey of World Philosophers)

Article abstract: From within the Continental tradition of philosophy known as existentialism, Heidegger strove to free philosophy from what he claimed were its millennia-old metaphysical shackles. Using complex and arcane terminology, he investigated the confrontation of the human being with Being itself and cleared a way for the answer to the question of why there is something rather than nothing.

Early Life

Martin Heidegger was the son of Friedrich Heidegger, a Catholic sexton at Messkirch, a small village in the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany, and Johanna (Kempf) Heidegger. Martin, the elder of the couple’s two sons, attended public school in Messkirch and then...

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(Critical Survey of Ethics and Literature)

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Heidegger studied at the University of Freiburg under Edmund Husserl, whom he succeeded as professor of philosophy in 1928. For Heidegger, the basic questions of ethics, such as “What is good?” and “What is it that one ought to do?” are subsumed in the prior ontological question “What is?” Heidegger found, however, that the traditional formulation of the ontological question “What is being?” failed to explicitly thematize the dimension of meaning. The leading question in Heidegger’s thought, as opposed to traditional ontology, became “What is the meaning of being?” The Greek words used by Plato and Aristotle that are commonly translated as “being” and...

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