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What did Heidegger get wrong about Hölderlin?

Long story short: This has already been done by scholars, but... See e.g. (and for further reading and sources) Gosetti-Ferencei, Jennifer Anna. Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the subject of poetic ...
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What is the argument for Heidegger's claim that philosophy can only be done in Greek and German?

First, I want to mention an important rule (which of course has caveats), but the accuracy with which a philosopher writes about the history of philosophy is in general inversely proportional to their ...
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What other philosophers I read before taking a class on “being and time”

Given that you have about a month and a half to prepare, in which you estimate you can read two or three books, I would not recommend starting with Aristotle to understand Being and Time. Instead, I ...
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How did symbolic logic show that Heidegger's assertions about the nothing were illogical?

I guess it refers to this passage later in the article/review you were quoting from: the debate between Heidegger and Carnap -- Shirley's next topic -- precisely turns on whether Heidegger's account ...
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What is the difference between Derrida's Deconstruction and Heidegger's Destruktion?

Derrida originally used the word deconstruction in Of Grammatology as a way of translating Heidegger’s term Destruktion. Nevertheless Derrida’s deconstruction can definitely be distinguished from ...
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What is "Under Erasure"?

I enjoyed this question (I would upvote it but don't have the needed reputation yet). I'm not a professional philosopher either, but here is my attempt at your three questions: 1. Under Erasure ...
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What does Heidegger mean by saying that Bergson's concept of time is essentially spatial?

Bergson's thesis was not that time is space-like, but that time understood "in the common way" is space-like. Bergson argued that practical reasons cause us to regard time as space, but that strictly ...
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Reason is the adversary of thinking

Heidegger's idea here is actually not difficult to make out, unlikely as that might appear, if we trace the quotation to its source and check the context. Gavin Rae, 'Overcoming Philosophy: Heidegger,...
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Who or what is the being for whom Being is a question for Heidegger?

"Being and Time is a long and complex book." We may say that Heidegger's aim in his work is to discover what is common (more fundamental) to various different questions (inquiries) about the ...
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What is onto-theology (Heideggerian)?

It's (probably) important to realise that Heidegger doesn't coin the term "ontotheology." He gets it from Kant, notably in the Lectures on "philosophical theology" where he considers the term as ...
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What does the "meaning of Being" mean in Being and Time?

The opening section of Being and Time tells us that being is not a concept, which means it will not admit of the same sort of definition that a concept like triangle might. Nonetheless, being is that ...
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Is the question: why there is something rather than nothing?, the root of all philosophy?

The question 'why is there something rather than nothing?' is a question from Leibniz (Warum ist überhaupt etwas/Seiendes und nicht vielmehr Nichts?), but in Heidegger's reading it can be considered ...
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Understanding "Being and Time"

For a relatively short introduction, I'd recommend Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction. And for a longer, but relatively easy commentary on Being and Time, I'd recommend Hubert Dreyfus's Being-in-the-...
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Sartre and the cogito

Sartre did use the expression "existence precedes essence" as a motto, but his implied critical target was not Aristotle's general essence theory. It was, rather, the specific idea of human nature. ...
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Can a physicist say why there is something rather than nothing?

It depends on what you mean by "nothing". Modern physics has shown that empty space has energy ("dark energy") and other properties suggesting that it is "something", even though by any ordinary ...
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What is the relation between Spirit and Time in Hegel?

The wording in your quote and the wording in the questions are a bit different, but I'll do my best to address both. First I'm going to extend the quoted bit a little and bring the language of one of ...
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Hubert Dreyfus & Heidegger - is Heidegger a dualist?

Thanks for the referred video. I cannot agree more with l_ruth on the interpretation of what Dreyfus was saying. I post this answer since I do not think l_ruth's response is sufficient to answer the ...
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Ontic vs. Ontological

The science that studies a be-ing is, for Heidegger, ontic [ontique], and it is necessary to distinguish it from the science of the being of a be-ing which alone is ontological [ontologique]. Let us ...
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Who or what is the being for whom Being is a question for Heidegger?

According to Wikipedia this being "for whom Being is a question for Heidegger" would be ourselves: Dasein ... is a German word that means "being there" or "presence" (German: da "there"; sein "...
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Who or what is the being for whom Being is a question for Heidegger?

"Ontological inquiry is indeed more primordial, as over against the ontical inquiry of the positive sciences." – Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, §3. Heidegger is an ontologist. To define ...
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Does anyone claim freedom toward death is not for me, but for others?

There's a helpful question here on the notion of "freedom toward death" (Can "freedom toward death" have 'freedom' translated out of it?). For this question, I find the ...
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In what way is Heidegger's philosophy right wing?

'Left' and 'Right' are not helpful terms here but the issue you raise can be phrased without them. The question is whether there is a logical connection between the politics that Heidegger espoused ...
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Is there a word for 'language as the house of being'?

Language here is Sprache. Heidegger relates this elsewhere in his writing to German versprechen, which means promise, and Anspruch, which means claim. He sees it's Greek root as logos, which he ...
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Language as the house of being

'Devastation' is a mistranslation. The German word is 'Verödung', which is this case seems to mean 'impoverishment'. The threat is rather a danger, namely that human beings misconceive their own being ...
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Taine reference in Heidegger's 'What is metaphysics?'

I found an answer: Le passage de Taine auquel Heidegger fait allusion se trouve dans la Philosophie de l'art, 13e édition, Paris. Hachette. 1909, p. 12. Le voici : « Mon seul devoir est de vous ...
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Understanding "Being and Time"

I'll weigh in just to offer a counterpoint. I mentioned in a comment above why I find starting from secondary sources unsatisfying. They are almost uniformly skewed if not simply wrong, and you have ...
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Discuss the claim that philosophy is the science of Being qua Being

Heidegger's Human Being (Dasein) is not a "substance". Neither substance in the Aristotelian sense (which may, in general, be generated or destroyed), nor substance in the Parmenidean/Atomist/...
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Is authenticity an efficiency?

Heidegger would reject the connection between rationality and authenticity. When we seek rational grounds for actions, we seek a principle beyond our finitude that can ground the justice or rightness ...
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What exactly is "Gestell" in Heidegger?

It's not just you First of all, any difficult you face in understanding what Heidegger meant is more likely Heidegger's fault than yours. He is an infamously unclear writer. Gestell in ordinary ...
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Did Adorno retain anything from Heidegger's Being and Time?

Asking about "anything" is rather vague especially in this case - Adorno and Heidegger share too many things: both wrested with Hegel, both had interests in aesthetics and despised postivism and that ...
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