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I ordered this book in hardcover (publisher:Harvard University Press, Cambridge,
MA) because of its lasting value. It was in excellent condition, and was shipped promptly. This book is also available in soft cover (paperback).
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a genius in philosophy (born in Germany as
was another emblematic genius, Albert Einstein) and his thinking will last through the ages. He has had a profound impact on psychology and psychiatry
(see his Zollikon Seminars, authored by Martin Heidegger and edited by a very famous Swiss German psychiatrist, Medard Boss), as well as upon other fields of inquiry. Heidegger's Collected Works approach 100 volumes. He was extremely bright, and all of his manuscripts were handwritten because he did not want a typewriter or personal computer to come between his mind and the written word. His hand was part of who he was, and his thinking would flow from his mind, heart, spirit through his hand onto the manuscript page. His Magnum Opus is Sein und Zeit (translated by Macquarrie and Robinson as Being and Time - the best translation available in English) completed in 1926 and dedicated to his mentor, Edmund Husserl (the father of phenomenological philosophy and a Jew).
This biography is a wonderful introduction to Martin Heidegger, the human being and the philosophical genius. Professor Heidegger himself always downplayed the significance of his biographical narrative. He preferred that others would focus on his thinking in and of itself. However, there is something magnetic about human genius and we can all benefit from knowing the human being who was so gifted with genius (and wisdom). He loved his native land and very much regretted Germany's tragic immersion in World War I, the Nazi scourge on humanity, and World War II. He loved his native tongue, but also loved the language of Ancient Greece. His "conversational partners" spanned the centuries. Genius has a way of finding other genius. This biographer has done a masterful job of telling one story of the life and works of Martin Heidegger. Other stories of this genius also need to be told.