This is a Reader's Guide to the most important and influential essays of Heidegger's later work, crucial to an understanding of his philosophy as a whole.Martin Heidegger is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. His later writings are profoundly original and innovative, giving rise to much of postmodernist thinking, yet they are infamously difficult to approach. "Heidegger's Later Writings: A Reader's Guide" offers a concise and accessible introduction to eight of Heidegger's most important essays. These essays cover many of the central topics of his later thought and are conveniently gathered in Basic Writings, making this Guide a perfect companion.Written specifically to help students coming to these texts for the first time, each chapter illuminates a particular essay's structure to enable readers to start finding their own way through the text. The book offers guidance on: Philosophical and historical context; Key themes; Reading the text; Reception and influence; And, further reading."Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy.
Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.
Lee Braver is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Hiram College, USA. His previous publications include A Thing of This World: A History of Continental Anti-Realism (Northwestern UP, 2007).
1. Contexts; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; i. 'What Is Metaphysics?'; ii. 'The Origin of the Work of Art; iii. 'Letter on Humanism'; iv. 'The Question Concerning Technology'; v. 'The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking'; 4. Reception and Influence; 5. Notes for Further Reading.