Was heißt Denken? Vorlesung Wintersemester 1951/52

by Martin Heidegger

Paper Book, 1997



Call number

CI 2604 D396



Stuttgart Reclam 1997


What is called thinking? Martin Heidegger, perhaps the most influential existentialist philosopher of our time, seeks out the essential nature of the process of thinking. The theme of this book is that we learn to think only as we inquire into those matters that normally remain unquestioned concerning our everyday existence and our traditions. Heidegger begins by pointing out that we come to know what it means to think when we ourselves try to think. Heidegger's aim is to make his readers more thoughtful, to teach them to do their own thinking. Informal and readable, this is one of the most lucid of the eminent philosopher's works.

Media reviews

"For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."--Hannah Arendt

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This is a transcript of lectures given relatively late in the author's life and is a good representation of his later thought. It starts off with a discussion of thinking as phenomenon, and poses a series of questions about the different ways thinking is approached and referred to. A discussion of
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Nietzsche takes up much of the middle part, and a philologically inspired discussion of some Ancient Greek and other words for thinking follows. Overall it's pretty abstruse, and there is a certain mystical quality throughout which makes things hard to understand, and which might be unexpected if you're looking for a more straightforward book about reflexive cognition or epistemology. If you haven't read Being and Time it's probably a good idea to do so before taking on this one.
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Original publication date

1954 (original German)
1968 (English: Gray)

Physical description

15 cm


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