Being and Time (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Being and Time (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) - Martin Heidegger, Joan Stambaugh, Dennis J. Schmidt This is the best book I have ever read. I had no problem with the translator, Joan Staumbaugh seemed to have done a very good job. I couldn't imagine reading this book in German even if I spoke fluent German because the way Heidegger appropriates words. This edition provides Heidegger's added footnotes and the edition provides a much needed and used by me Lexicon for the Latin and Greek phrases.

I had no idea what "Being and Time" was going to be about before I read it. Every synopsis that I had ever come across through my Great Course lectures, history of philosophy books and youtube videos were completely off the mark.

The book was a template on how I've approached my life up until now and I didn't realize that somebody else thought as similarly (but in formal philosophical structures) as I do about the nature of the human experience. (There is an incredibly nuanced presentation of the nature of science that runs through out the book that predates Thomas Kuhn's "The Structures of Scientific Revolutions" but follows it substantially. We are thrown in to the world and must cope by our structure of care (and care is not what you think it means).

Have no doubt about it this book reads difficulty. I would recommend skipping the introduction and read it after you've read the book. The book reads a lot like Finnegans Wake, but just realize that as in the Wake each sentence and paragraph has a reason for being placed in the book.

I would strongly recommend listening to the Hubert Dreyfus 2007 course on the book given at University of California (Berkeley) freely available from Itunes before you start reading this book. If I had not, I would not have been able to finish the book.

I make it a rule that after I have read a book I sell it back to the greatest used bookstore in the known universe, Coas in Las Cruces, NM. This book is the exception. I'll keep a copy for future re readings.