Heidegger, Martin Being and Time

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A knowledge of Heidegger′s Sein und Zeit is essential for anyonewho wishes to understand a great deal of recent continental work intheology as well as philosophy. Yet until this translation firstappeared in 1962, this fundamental work of one of the mostinfluential European thinkers of the century remained inaccessibleto English readers. In fact the difficulty of Heidegger′s thoughtwas considered to be almost insuperable in the medium of a foreignlanguage, especially English.

That this view was unduly pessimistic is proved by the impressivework of John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson who have succeeded inclothing Heidegger′s thought in English without sacrificing therichness and poetic subtlety of the original.

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It has been said, and not without good reason, that much of what we know as modern Continental Philosophy is no more than a mere footnote to Martin Heidegger's (1889-1976) mammoth Being and Time. Without doubt Heidegger's major work this translation, by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson, was the first English interpretation of Sein und Zeit, Heidegger's groundbreaking investigation into the question of Being, and although it has its critics it has served as the standard rendering of the work for many years. Whilst Joan Stambaugh's more idiomatic translation is certainly a little easier to read, the Macquarrie and Robinson work has not been surpassed for its fidelity to the original German. Serious students of Heidegger should perhaps read both translations whilst bearing in mind that Heidegger himself was profoundly concerned with the thought structures of any language that so handicap the possibility of translation. Being and Time is an essential reference book for anyone interested in modern philosophy. -- Mark Thwaite

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"The masterpiece of the greatest philosopher of the 20th Century. He transforms our sense of the world from that of a burdensome given to a miracle." ( The Week, November 2008)

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