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Author: Mark Wrathall
ISBN: 1862077665
Language: English
Pages: 128 pages
Category: Philosophy
Publisher: Granta Books (October 3, 2005)
Rating: 4.8
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Mark Wrathall is associate professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University.

Mark Wrathall is associate professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University.

How to Read Heidegger book. Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger’s dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger’s early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives. W Martin Heidegger is perhaps the most influential, yet least readily understood, philosopher of the last century.

Wrathall, Mark A. How to read Heidegger/ Mark Wrathall

Wrathall, Mark A. How to read Heidegger/ Mark Wrathall. 1st American ed. p. cm - (How to read) Includes bibliographical references and index.

Mark Wrathall (born 1965) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is considered a leading interpreter of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Wrathall is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World.

Mark A. Wrathall unpacks Heidegger's dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger's early concern with the nature of human existence and his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives. This leads to an exploration of his views on the banality of public life and the possibility of authentic anticipation of death as a response to that banality.

Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger's dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger's early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives

Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger's dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger's early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives

How to read Heidegger. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

How to read Heidegger. A companion to phenomenology and existentialism. HL Dreyfus, MA Wrathall. John Wiley & Sons, 2009. A companion to Heidegger. John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger’s dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger’s early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives

Mark Wrathall unpacks Heidegger’s dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger’s early concern with the nature of human existence, to his later preoccupation with the threat that technology poses to our ability to live worthwhile lives. This leads to an exploration of Heidegger’s views on the banality of public life and the possibility of authentic anticipation of death as a response to that banality. Heidegger and the Problem of Idealism. Piotr Hoffman - 2000 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):403 – 411. Heidegger and the Path of Thinking. John Sallis (e. - 1970 - Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press. Truth in Metaphysics. Michael Robinson - 2009 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83 (4):467-490.

Comments (7)
Broadcaster
Almost every book titled as an introduction to Heidegger contains personal view of the author, and not a straightforward explanation of what Heidegger tries to say. This is perhaps because Heidegger is such a controversial figure, he tempts everyone to form a private opinion of his own. However, if you are new to Heidegger, and simply wants to know what is behind all the jargon, this is a good book for you. It cannot be substituted by Heidegger himself, but at least you get a headstart.
Bad Sunny
Like many, the daunting prospect of reading Heidegger has kept me from directly accessing his work. Wrathall's excellent book introduces to the curious reader the text of Heidegger along with an approachable and rich exposition of the subject and the man. Highly recommend the book to anyone interesting is learning more about one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers.
Hrguig
One could read Heidegger without ever taking him on as his investigation applies to one's own life experience. This summary of Heidegger is so well written that it makes taking him on almost pleasant. Not written for philosophers but for the average every day man. It's one thing to understand Heidegger and quite another to reflect on how it applies to coming to an understanding of one's self and one's being-in-the-world.
Use_Death
Wrathall does an excellent job of explaining Heidegger's thoughts. I came away feeling that I could unpack much more meaning out of perhaps the most opaque philosopher.
Faebei
An interesting aspect to this book is that every chapter starts out with about a page of Heidegger's actual writing. I would read this dense prose before and after reading Mr. Wrathall's discussion of the chapter topic. After reading the author's interpretation I would go back and read Heidegger's words again, and find that I had a better understanding of the original.

I would assume that the main reason one writes a review of a book like this is not to critique the philosophy that it contains, but to inform the prospective reader as to the comprehensibility of the presentation of that philosophy. Mr. Wrathall performs admirably in this regard. As a relative philosophical novice I found that this book turned night into day.

The author covers the topic of Heidegger's views of our being in the world; how our place in the world creates our possibilities and our constraints. It discusses how our culture forms us and can limit us. Do we become authentic or inauthentic beings in terms of how much we conform to culture. Heidegger's views on technology are presented. He feels that we should be part of the earth, and not conform the earth to our every need. We should not view that earth as something that merely provides us with resources.

There is also a chapter on Heidegger's views of art and truth. I found that I had a harder time relating to his views on aesthetics, than I did with the rest of his philosophy.

This is an excellent book for those with limited backgrounds in philosophy and/or Heidegger's works. It might also be worthwhile to those who have encountered Heidegger in the past, and need a littler refresher to his works.

One final comment: The author is evidently fluent in German. He frequently disagrees with some of the German to English translations, and provides his ideas of what the German words really mean in English. I found this to be an added bonus
Captain America
Nice Heidegger commentary!
Sharpbringer
Item delivered on time, was as described. Great!
We are using it to study Heidegger in a U3A Philosophy course.