Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. Marnie Hanlon is Programme Manager at the College of Law CLE, Australia.
The lecture courses about Heraclitus from the Summer 1943 and 1944 are a culmination of the art of Heidegger's lecturing. This art consists of a unique intertwining of philosophical, political, and even poetical elements. Heidegger's interpretation of Heraclitus' fragments demonstrate an inspiring access to the beginning of Occidental thinking. The translators present a very thoughtful and remarkable translation of Heidegger's intense German style. Reading Heidegger reading Heraclitus becomes a pleasure. -- Peter Trawny, Director of the Heidegger-Institute, University of Wuppertal, Germany Heidegger's Heraclitus lecture courses from 1943 and 1944 focus respectively on the notions of Physis (nature) and Logos (logic). They give important insight into Heidegger's attempt to think these notions ever more inceptually in the context of his being-historical thinking, and thereby to find a way to reawaken a more originary sense of being. This thoughtful translation makes accessible for the English reader Heidegger's creative and central engagement with Heraclitus. -- Daniela Vallega-Neu, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon, USA This long awaited translation was worth the wait. J. Goesser Assaiante and S. Montgomery Ewegen have provided us with a fluid and faithful translation of two of Heidegger's most sustained and important lecture courses on early Greek thinking. These manuscripts were written in 1943 and 1944, a pivotal time in Heidegger's development. They enable one to witness up close Heidegger's attempt to work out, by way of radically original translations and interpretations of Heraclitus's fragments, his understanding of the inception of the history of Occidental philosophy. At the same time, readers are invited to follow Heidegger in his attempt, by way of recovering and rethinking the deepest insights of Heraclitus and other early Greek thinkers, to think out beyond the end of the history of metaphysics that devolved from their greatness. * Bret W. Davis, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Maryland, USA *