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    The Essence of Truth: On Plato’s Cave Allegory and Theaetetus
    Review of Metaphysics 58 (4): 900-901. 2005.
    Most of Heidegger’s readings of early and classical Greek texts are unconventional by traditional philosophical and philological standards. The present reading of Plato is no exception. Heidegger suggests that the “essence of truth is what first allows the essence of man to be grasped” and “the man whose liberation is depicted in the allegory is set out into the truth.” But since such “setting out” is the very “mode of his existence, the fundamental occurrence of his Dasein,” the allegory is not…Read more
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    Basic Concepts
    Review of Metaphysics 48 (2): 406-408. 1994.
    During the summer semester of 1941 Martin Heidegger gave a course of lectures on Grundbegriffe at the University of Freiburg. The German text was first published in 1981 as volume 51 of the Gesamtausgabe of Heidegger's writings. Each of the first five lectures is followed by a "review" which further illuminates the lecture itself. The titles of the subsections of the work have been provided by the editor, Petra Jaeger.
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    Basic Questions of Philosophy. Selected "Problems" of "Logic."
    Review of Metaphysics 49 (2): 411-413. 1995.
    This is the ninth volume of translations of major works by Martin Heidegger to be published by Indiana University Press. It is the second translation of one of his lecture courses by the late Andre Schuwer and Richard Rojcewicz. No other thinker who wrote in German brings to the fore more seriously the problems of the translation of his texts into English than Martin Heidegger. In a certain sense, one of the major themes of his work is translation. In a lecture series given a few years after Bas…Read more
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    Empathy and Agency. The Problem of Understanding in the Human Sciences
    Review of Metaphysics 54 (3): 663-665. 2001.
    Some of the interest of philosophers of mind in the results of recent research in the social sciences, including especially cognitive science and developmental psychology, is reflected in this anthology of eleven essays on the long-standing discussion about how minds understand other minds. In a few of the essays, enthusiastic and often seemingly uncritical acceptance of the empirical findings of contemporary psychological research may cause some readers well-warranted concern. Taken together, t…Read more
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    Ontology: The Hermeneutics of Facticity
    Review of Metaphysics 54 (1): 147-149. 2000.
    Like Aristotle’s texts, the present volume consists of logoi, lecture notes Heidegger left behind which later in his life he considered for possible inclusion in his Gesamtausgabe. Omissions in the manuscript amounting to about eleven pages were made good by referring to two transcripts of what was heard, respectively, by Walter Bröcker and Helene Weiss, two of Heidegger’s students at Freiburg University in the summer of 1923, when the course was given. Here and there in the manuscript, Heidegge…Read more
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    It may seem remarkable that Professor Kroker also cites with nearly equivalent reverence Bill Gates’s Business @ the Speed of Thought, but the incongruity is eased when one realizes that, for the author, Gates is the living clue to the Heidegger–Marx/heidegger–nietzsche connections he identifies. In Kroker’s analysis, Gates plays the role of both heroic visionary and subtly sinister harbinger of the end of the fully human. Moreover, “[w]hat is disclosed in [Gates’s] book is nothing less than a g…Read more
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    The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 37 (1): 109-110. 1997.
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    Reading Heidegger from the Start. Essays on His Earliest Thought
    Review of Metaphysics 50 (1): 162-164. 1996.
    This volume is comprised of twenty-two essays on the early writings of Martin Heidegger, including a number of lecture courses he gave at Freiburg University and Marburg University from 1919 until the publication of Sein und Zeit in 1927. Four of the essays have already been published in another form. Seven have been translated for the volume, two of them by the authors. In recently published studies, the editors have been responsible in great part for bringing to light the influence of the work…Read more
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    Heidegger’s Hidden Sources. East Asian Influences on His Work
    Review of Metaphysics 51 (2): 432-433. 1997.
    Heidegger scholars have sometimes assumed that Heidegger’s experience of thinking was unprecedented and that the peculiarity of his idiom was related to the novelty of that experience. Reinhard May’s study suggests that Heidegger’s thought is fundamentally indebted to his early familiarity with Zen Buddhist ideas and to his reading of Taoist classics, including the Tao te Ching of Lao Tse and the works of Chuang Zu, in German translations Heidegger knew by Victor von Strauss, Martin Buber and Ri…Read more
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    Life. Phenomenology of Life as the Starting Point of Philosophy (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 52 (2): 494-496. 1998.
    This collection of conference papers is the third in a series of related volumes published under the auspices of the World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning, an organization headed by the editor of the collection and based at her home in Belmont, Massachusetts. It was preceded, in 1996, by Life. In the Glory of Its Radiating Manifestations and Life. The Human Quest for an Ideal. The editor, who has assembled nearly all of the fifty-seven volumes of the series Analecta…Read more
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    Logic
    Review of Metaphysics 65 (1): 163-164. 2011.
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    The Young Heidegger. Rumor of the Hidden King
    Review of Metaphysics 49 (2): 445-447. 1995.
    This book is both an intellectual biography and a thematic analysis of Martin Heidegger's "youthful writings" from 1910 to the appearance of Sein und Zeit in 1927. It is nearly contemporaneous with the publication in the first Heidegger Gesamtausgabe of the texts of the lecture courses he gave during his first period at the University of Freiburg and while he taught at the University of Marburg, courses which figure prominently in the book. Van Buren's analysis covers early articles Heidegger wr…Read more
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    The Phenomenology of Religious Life
    Review of Metaphysics 58 (2): 442-445. 2004.
    The present volume is a translation of Volume 60 of the Collected Edition of Heidegger’s works, Phänomenologie des religiösen Lebens, which was first published in 1995 edited by Matthias Jung, Thomas Regehly and Claudius Strube. It consists of three parts: an “approximation of the train of thought and articulation” of a course of lectures Heidegger gave in the winter semester 1920–21 entitled “Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion,” edited by Jung and Regehly; the actual text of his summ…Read more
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    Fewer than half of the fifty-two courses Martin Heidegger gave between 1915 and 1956 have now been translated into English. Twelve of them have not yet appeared in the first Gesamtausgabe of his works. The present volume, which was first published in German in 1977, is the translation of a course given during the winter semester of 1927–8, at Marburg University. As the translators note, with its publication, all of Heidegger’s published texts on Kant are now available in English. The text thus c…Read more
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    The Other Heidegger
    Review of Metaphysics 48 (3): 651-652. 1995.
    This book is "a series of [eight] philosophical-political essays in which the boundary between philosophy and politics remains hazy and the discussion shifts readily across this disciplinary divide". Four of the essays, all written since 1989, have already appeared in print, and two of those have been revised for this book. Fred Dallmayr, who is Dee Professor of Political Theory at Notre Dame, finds in Heidegger's writings after 1933 "a prolonged struggle to expel or subdue the virus" of fascism…Read more
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    The initial collaboration and subsequent parting of the ways of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and the closely related course of the early development of the phenomenological movement, are chronicled in part in the history of a text Husserl wrote for the fourteenth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The article, “Phenomenology,” which, until 1956, remained an important source of many a general reader’s information about phenomenology, was both one of Husserl’s few attempts to present…Read more
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    Heidegger’s Later Philosophy
    Review of Metaphysics 56 (4): 910-912. 2003.
    This is the third and final volume of the author’s “attempt to understand and communicate the insights of Martin Heidegger... the most important philosopher of modern times”. It is a discussion of the “later Heidegger” or “‘finished’ Heidegger,” which Julian Young defines as texts written after 1936 and characterizes as a “complementary mingling of both meditative and poetic thinking, a happy marriage of the two”. He comments: “The ground from which [the texts] spring lies, not in any product of…Read more