Heidegger

Authored by: Thomas E. Wartenberg

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  April  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782869
eBook ISBN: 9780203813034
Adobe ISBN: 9781136697142

10.4324/9780203813034.ch12

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Abstract

Martin Heidegger is generally regarded as the most significant continental philosopher of the twentieth century and, along with Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the two greatest philosophers of that century. Deeply influenced by Edmund Husserl, the founder of the phenomenological school of philosophy, Heidegger instituted a radical rethinking of the most basic concepts by means of which Western philosophers had attempted to cognize the structure of all that exists. Despite the difficulty of his writing and the obscurity of some of his claims, Heidegger's philosophy marks an important turning point in Western thought.

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