Martin Heidegger: Paths Taken, Paths Opened takes Heidegger's philosophy on its own terms and explores the pivotal significance of his phenomenology for political theory. Heidegger opposed, at the deepest level, everything that informs the global, technological civilization that seems to be the fate of humanity. Yet even in the liberal and technologically oriented West we cannot proceed without a confrontation with his thought. In this timely addition to the 20th Century Political Thinkers series, Gregory Bruce Smith shows Heidegger's thought to be an inescapable challenge to our current ethical habits and contemporary political institutions.
Gregory Bruce Smith is professor of political science and philosophy at Trinity College and author of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Transition to Post-Modernity.
Chapter 1 1 Why Heidegger Now? Chapter 2 2 Introduction: Philosophy and the Issues of the Age Chapter 3 3 Inventing a Life Chapter 4 4 In the Beginning: The Young Heidegger Chapter 5 5 Heidegger's Deconstruction of the Tradition Chapter 6 6 Reinserting Being and Time Chapter 7 7 On the Rectoratesrede Chapter 8 8 Heidegger's Nietzsche Chapter 9 9 On the Essence of Technology Chapter 10 10 Art, Poetry and Gelassenheit: Phenonenology Returns Chapter 11 11 Transitions and Crossings: Experiments in Post-Metaphysical Thinking Chapter 12 12 Heideggerian Reflections Chapter 13 13 Conclusion: Beyond the End of History? Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Index