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Martin Heidegger

2nd Edition

By Timothy Clark


206 pages

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Since the publication of his mammoth work, Being and Time, Martin Heidegger has remained one of the most influential figures in contemporary thought, and is a key influence for modern literary and cultural theory.

This guidebook provides an ideal entry-point for readers new to Heidegger, outlining such issues and concepts as:

  • the limits of 'theory'
  • the history of being
  • the origin of the work of art
  • language
  • the literary work
  • poetry and the political
  • Heidegger's involvement with Nazism.

Fully updated throughout and featuring a new section on enviromental thought and ecocriticism, this guidebook clearly and concisely introduces Heidegger's crucial work relating to art, language and poetry, and outlines his continuing influence on critical theory.


' … a useful, focused introduction to Heidegger, well-indexed, and with a helpful list of further reading, much to be recommended.' -- Literature & Theory

Table of Contents

Why Heidegger? 1. The Limits of the Theoretical 2. Deep History (Geschichte) 3. ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’ 4. The Death of Art? 5. Language, Tradition and the Craft of Thinking Interlude: The Hut at Todtnauberg 6. Heidegger and the Poetic 7. Nazism, Poetry and the Political 8. Heidegger, Environmentalism and Ecocriticism After Heidegger

About the Author/Editor

Timothy Clark is based at Durham University. He is co-editor of the Oxford Literary Review and author of Derrida, Heidegger, Blanchot: Sources of Derrida's Notion and Practice of Literature (1992), The Theory of Inspiration (2000), The Poetics of Singularlity (2006) and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment(2010).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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