Good to have you hellraising at the bookcase again, Viv!
> Bloody hell! It's happening again! I rejoin this list in the midst of a
> discussion on Heidegger. An echo of my first exposure to the list: it has me
> scurrying to the bookshelves. Drag out an ancient copy of "Being and Time"
> (translated by John Macquarie and Edward Robinson, Oxford, Basil Blackwell,
> 1967) and open at random to page 293 to heading 50 "Preliminary sketch of
> the Existential-ontological Structure of Death". Opening paragraph of
> translator's preface includes: "It is a very difficult book, even for the
> German reader, so much so that it has often been called 'untranslatable'. We
> feel that this is an exagerration."
> Then there's the exegesis by Richard Schmitt: "Martin Heidegger on Being
> Human, An Introduction to Sein und Zeit" (Random House, 1969), a volume
> titled "Existence and Being", introduction by Werner Brock (Vision Press,
> London, 1968). Then there are the other Heidegger books, sitting "cheek by
> jowl" with Karl Jaspers, Edmund Husserl, and the Kierkegaard, etc.
> It must be 10 or 15 years since I read any of these. I sit here, scratching
> my head, and asking myself whether it is worthwhile to do so again.
> Your comments, exhortations, please.
> Viv Kitson (reintroducing himself)