I have not read anything of Heidegger and I'm am interested in starting. I understand that "Being and Time" can be very difficult, so what would be a good place to start? (including books by others).

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    Could you give some of your background. Are you familiar with Husserl's phenomenology, for example, Nietzsche, Hegel, German romantics? To get Heidegger you need to understand the context of his writing, both philosophical and historical, his works are full of obscure allusions, poetic and self-made language, etc. The best way might be to start not even with the secondary sources (commentary) but tertiary, like Friedman's Parting of the Ways or Wolin's Heidegger's Children. In original sources go first for short essays, like What is Metaphysics or Letter on Humanism, not Being and Time. – Conifold Oct 18 '18 at 19:42
  • Useful background material perhaps: the early Catholic influence, note studied Scholasticism which would mean an all important engagement also with Aristotle google.com/amp/philosophy.avemaria.edu/post/37187209894/… ; good points made in here: IEP iep.utm.edu/heidegge ; Heideggerian Terminology: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heideggerian_terminology – Gordon Oct 19 '18 at 1:14
  • @Conifold I am familiar with Nietzsche, and I have a general knowledge of German Romanticism but mainly from the criticism of Isaiah Berlin. Hegel, I have never read. I understand the basics of Phenomenology but have never read Husserl. – Mike M Oct 19 '18 at 7:39
  • There is a story that shortly before his death Heidegger read a book by Dr. Suzuki and commented 'This is what I've been trying to say in all my writing'. So perhaps Suzuki and Zen might usefully shed some light on H's philosophy. It certainly needs a lot of light shed on it. I find him very difficult but would recommend his Introduction to Metaphysics. . . – PeterJ Oct 19 '18 at 11:52

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