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Comment author: thomblake 18 June 2012 09:00:07PM 1 point [-]

I'll add it to my reading list.

Please don't, unless you would instead be watching reality TV or something. It's a complete waste of time. Heidegger speaks nonsense. He even makes up words and doesn't define them, so that he can speak more blatant nonsense.

Comment author: [deleted] 18 June 2012 09:02:14PM 0 points [-]

Thanks. I missed an update on the recommender's credulity.

Comment author: Bugmaster 18 June 2012 09:42:17PM 0 points [-]

Well, to be entirely fair, the recommender did warn us that we would most likely hate the book, since it would require us to discard all of our cherished assumptions. Of course, there could be other reasons for hating it, as well...

I am kind of curious to take a look at it, to be honest; maybe I'll find a preview somewhere, when I have more time.

Comment author: thomblake 19 June 2012 02:16:31PM 2 points [-]

If you do read it, don't worry about getting it in the original German. I have it on good authority that German philosophy students are often given English translations of Heidegger because they're more readable.

Comment author: RichardKennaway 19 June 2012 02:30:14PM 2 points [-]

You might also try Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction. I have the book, although I don't think I ever read it; but it is short, deals mainly with the ideas (whatever they are) of "Being and Time", and the reviews on Amazon are favourable.

Comment author: Oligopsony 19 June 2012 02:44:15PM 1 point [-]

Having attempted Heidegger in English, I can only shudder at what the German versions are like.