Martin Heidegger was an important and controversial philosopher of the 20th century. His major work was Being and Time, published in 1927.
He’s a difficult figure, not only because his writing can appear extremely obscure and convoluted, but also because he was a member of the National Socialist Party, and at times supported Hitler. He’s very complex and some people have even suggested there are connections between his philosophical stance and Nazism.
“He writes about technology, he writes about our relationship with the physical world and the way that the human being is embedded in the planet Earth. He was one of the first to unpack some of Nietzsche’s critical thinking about the received ideas of philosophy, and to set off in a completely new direction. He also wrote about many existentialist themes that Sartre would then pick up on.” Sarah Bakewell recommending books about existentialism.
Books by Martin Heidegger
Interviews where books by Martin Heidegger were recommended
What is the nature of human existence in the world? What should philosophy be concerned with as a discipline? Philosopher Simon Critchley introduces us to the landscape of continental philosophy.
Letters to a Young Painter
by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Death and Letters of Alice James: Selected Correspondence
by Alice James
Letters to Felice
by Franz Kafka
by Hannah Arendt & Martin Heidegger
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence
by Elizabeth Bishop & Robert Lowell
The next release in the ekphrasis series from David Zwirner Books is Oscar Wilde’s The Critic as Artist, including an introduction by Michael Bracewell and a colour portrait of Wilde by Marlene Dumas. Head of Content Lucas Zwirner talks to Five Books about the inspiration he’s drawn from literary letters and how they inform the editorial direction of the publishing house.