The Principle of Reason

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Indiana University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 148 pages
"For admirers of Heidegger, the book is essential; for the curious, it provides a good look at how Heidegger philosophizes." -- Library Journal "This excellent translation will enable readers to appreciate the undeniable importance of Heidegger's later examination of the principle of sufficient reason." -- International Studies in Philosophy ..". excellent translation... " -- The Philosopher "Starting from Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason..., Heidegger reflects on the relation of modern and ancient philosophy and of poetry and thinking.... an accurate and readable English translation." -- Choice In this text of a lecture course that he gave in 1955-56, Martin Heidegger presents his most extensive reflection on the notion of history and its essence, the Geschick of being, which is considered one of the most important developments in Heidegger's later thought.

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Lilly has ably translated a lecture course by Heidegger on Leibniz's principle of sufficient reason, which states that everything in the world has a rational explanation. Heidegger concentrates on ... Read full review

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Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Baden, Germany on September 22, 1889. He studied Roman Catholic theology and philosophy at the University of Frieburg before joining the faculty at Frieburg as a teacher in 1915. Eight years later Heidegger took a teaching position at Marburg. He taught there until 1928 and then went back to Frieburg as a professor of philosophy. As a philosopher, Heidegger developed existential phenomenology. He is still widely regarded as one of the most original philosophers of the 20th century. Influenced by other philosophers of his time, Heidegger wrote the book, Being in Time, in 1927. In this work, which is considered one of the most important philosophical works of our time, Heidegger asks and answers the question "What is it, to be?" Other books written by Heidegger include Basic Writings, a collection of Heidegger's most popular writings; Nietzsche, an inquiry into the central issues of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy; On the Way to Language, Heidegger's central ideas on the origin, nature and significance of language; and What is Called Thinking, a systematic presentation of Heidegger's later philosophy. Since the 1960s, Heidegger's influence has spread beyond continental Europe and into a number of English-speaking countries. Heidegger died in Messkirch on May 26, 1976.

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