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Martin Heidegger

Updated: May 31


To dwell is to garden

Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?

Everyone is the other and no one is himself

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philospohy

Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant

Man dies constantly until the moment of his demise

The possible ranks higher than the actual

When the farthest corner of the globe has been conquered technologically and can be exploited economically; when any incident you like, in any place you like, at any time you like, becomes accessible as fast as you like; when you can simultaneously "experience" an assassination attempt against a king in France and a symphony concert in Tokyo; when time is nothing but speed, instantaneity, and simultaneity, and time as history has vanished from all Being of all peoples; when a boxer counts as the great man of a people; when the tallies of millions at mass meetings are a triumph; then, yes then, there still looms like a specter over all this uproar the question: what for? — where to? — and what then?

Martin Heidegger, a pivotal figure in 20th-century philosophy, is known for his profound insights into ontology, existentialism, and the nature of being. Born in Messkirch, Germany in 1889 --Heidegger's work continues to shape philosophical discourse, despite controversy surrounding his involvement with Nazism.

Heidegger's groundbreaking treatise, "Being and Time," revolutionized philosophical thought by redefining the nature of existence and human experience. Central to his philosophy is the concept of "Dasein," or "being," which emphasizes the inherent connection between human existence and the world in which we dwell. Heidegger passed away in Germany in 1976.

While Heidegger's contributions to existentialism and phenomenology are widely acknowledged, his association with the Nazi regime remains a subject of ethical scrutiny. As a member of the Nazi Party and rector of Freiburg University during the 1930s, Heidegger's actions raise profound questions about the relationship between intellectual brilliance and moral responsibility.

Despite his controversial past, Heidegger's philosophical insights continue to inspire rigorous inquiry and debate. His work challenges us to confront the complexities of human existence with honesty and courage, while also serving as a cautionary tale about the ethical dimensions of intellectual engagement. As we engage with Heidegger's ideas, it is imperative to critically assess both the brilliance of his philosophical contributions and the ethical implications of his personal choices.

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