The Essence of Truth: On Plato's Cave Allegory and Theaetetus

Author(s): Martin Heidegger


Martin Heidegger is one of the most important and influential philosophers of the 20th Century. A major figure in the development of phenomenology, his work also profoundly influenced many of the intellectual movements that followed in his wake, from Sartre's Existentialism to Derrida's deconstructionism. Towards the Definition of Philosophy brings together two seminal lectures that mark a breakthrough moment in Heidegger's thought and introduces the major themes that he would develop in his opus Being and Time.


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Two breakthrough lectures from one of the most important and influential philosophers of the 20th Century introduce key themes in the thought of Martin Heidegger.

"It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of these lecture courses for an understanding of the development of Heidegger's thinking; yet in the very act of illuminating this development, they also throw new light on many of the most fundamental ideas figuring in 'Being and Time' itself. This book will be essential reading for anyone looking for the argumentation behind Heidegger's unique conception of human existence."--Ian Lyne, University of Durham

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is regarded as one of the 20th century's most important philosophers. Successor to Edmund Husserl as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, his major work is the influential Being and Time.

Translator's Foreword Publisher's Note I. The Idea of Philosophy and the Problem of Worldview Preliminary Remarks Introduction Part I. The Idea of Philosophy as Primordial Science 1. The Search for a Methodological Way 2. Critique of Teleological-Critical Method Part II. Phenomenology as Pre-Theoretical Primordial Science 1. Analysis of the Structure of Experience 2. The Problem of Presuppositions 3. Primordial Science as Pre-Theoretical Science II. Phenomenology and Transcendental Philosophy of Value Introduction Part I. Historical Presentation of the Problem 1. The Genesis of Philosophy of Value as the Cultural Philosophy of the Present 2. Windelband's Grounding of Modern Transcendental Philosophy of Value 3. The Further Development of Value-Philosophy by Rickert Part II. Critical Considerations / Appendix I: On the Nature of the University and Academic Study Appendix II: The Idea of Philosophy and the Problem of Worldview Short Glossary Index

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  • : 9781472525710
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : September 2013
  • : 216mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2013
  • : books

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  • : Martin Heidegger
  • : Paperback
  • : 121
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