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History of the Concept of Time: Prolegomena

(Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy)

Martin Heidegger (Author)

“ In other words, “originally and to begin with,” one does not really hear noises and sonorous complexes but the creaking wagon, the ‘electric’ streetcar, the motorcycle, the column on the march, the north wind. Tp ‘hear’ something like a ‘pure noise’ already requires a very artificial and complicated attitude. But the fact that we first directly hear things like motorcycles and wagons, which basically still sounds remarkable, is the phenomenological evidence for what has already been underscored., that in our very being in the world we are first always already involved with the world itself, and not with ‘sensations’ first and then, on the basis of a kind of theater, finally involved with the things. We do not first need to process and shape a tumult and medley of feelings” we are right from the start involved with what is understood itself. Sensations and sensed are first of all outside the scope of natural experience.”

“History of the Concept of Time,” Heidegger, Indiana University Press, 1985, page 266

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

“… an excellent translation of an extremely important book.” — The Modern Schoolman

This early version of Being and Time (1927) offers a unique glimpse into the motivations that prompted the writing of this great philosopher’s master work and the presuppositions that gave shape to it. Theodore Kisiel’s outstanding translation permits English readers to appreciate the central importance of this text for the development of Heidegger’s thought.

Language Notes

Text: English, German (translation) 

Product Details:

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • 1st Midland Book ed edition January 13, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253207177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253207173

`Heidegger’s History of the Concept of Time’, translated by Kisiel, is a compilation of Heidegger’s lecture notes from a 1925 course taught at the University of Marburg. These lectures cover much of the same ground articulated in `Being and Time’ (1927), and can be read as a draft of Heidegger’s magnum opus.

Often one of the greatest challenges that students face in reading historic thinkers is the question of context. That is, what is the intellectual milieu that the writer is working within, and, what question(s) are they seeking to address? Getting a feel for these considerations can be particularly difficult with an abstruse writer such as Heidegger. As such, these lecture notes are invaluable in situating the reader and providing valuable context.

Kisiel’s translation of `History of the Concept of Time’ is clear and accessible possessing a smoothness that is absent in some English translations of Heidegger. John Drabinski’s `Between Husserl and Heidegger’ (available on-line course), is an excellent companion to when reading this text – it discusses “History of the Concept of Time” in addition to other works by Husserl and Heidegger. Drabinski is a capable commentator and his pedagogical approach of working from within Heidegger’s language, while challenging for the novice, is an ultimately rewarding approach.

Overall, `The History of the Concept of Time’ is an excellent addition to the corpus of Heideggerian work available in English.

“History of the Concept of Time” offers clarification. Since it is a collection of lecture notes, the writing is usually more straightforward, which as we know is a blessing when it comes to Heidegger.


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