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Identity and Difference consists of English translations and the original German versions of two little-known lectures given in 1957 by Martin Heidegger, "The Principle of Identity" and "The Onto-theo-logical Constitution of Metaphysics." Both lectures discuss the difficult problem of the nature of identity in the history of metaphysics. A helpful introduction and a list oIdentity and Difference consists of English translations and the original German versions of two little-known lectures given in 1957 by Martin Heidegger, "The Principle of Identity" and "The Onto-theo-logical Constitution of Metaphysics." Both lectures discuss the difficult problem of the nature of identity in the history of metaphysics. A helpful introduction and a list of references are also provided by the translator, Joan Stambaugh....

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  • Mr.
    2019-03-30 03:58

    "The problem of identity has been a basic philosophical issue since Parmenides. Parmenides stated it in the form: `thought and being are the same,' with a radicality and a simplicity perhaps never again possible for later thinkers. Heidegger has pondered over Parmenides' statement for years, returning to it again and again in his writings. Thus it came as no surprise to this translator when Heidegger stated that he considered Identity and Difference to be the most important thing he has published since Being and Time." So says Joan Stambaugh, the translator of this excellent lecture course by Heidegger delivered at the University of Frieburg during 1957. In it he discusses the problems of identity, sameness, and relations of beings in Parmenides, Plato, on to the logic of Hegel. The latter part of the lecture is devoted to further metaphysical questions of the meaning of Being initially taken up in Being and Time, and finally concludes with remarks of onto-theology. This volume includes the German text which is helpful, however there is really only 74 pages of material here and the volume is $16 so it's not a great bang for your buck, but the edition is as lovely as the content.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-02 02:47

    What is the big deal with Heidegger? yes, things and people are different - this is the basis of identity (not sameness) - paves the way for mediocre Derrideans to regurgitate this sort of disingenous theory nonsense (i.e. Irigaray thinks its a brilliant point to write about 'the sex that is not one' and theory storm troopers have their way in Literature departments for the next 40 years - queer theorists pick up on this and claim that 'we are not the same underneath our petty differences, but the differences are vast! respect my differences - it is hip to be monstrous! eccentric!) and the rest is (juvenile, immature) philosophically retrograde history.

  • Arash
    2019-04-01 02:35

    "The onto-theological constitution of metaphysics stems from the prevalence of that difference which keeps Being as the ground, and being as what is groundedand what gives account, apart from and related to eachother, and by this keeping, predurance is achieved...the origin of the difference can no longer be thought of within the scope of metaphysics"P. 71Heidegger in this book (lecture) traces the root and origin of metaphysics in the tradition of western philosophy by his sharp investigation; the metaphysics that reaches the language and builds our understanding of existence.The argument in this book not only fascinated me, but also shocked and even somehow scared me. How dramatically your world-view, your self-perception and your understanding of being in the world could be influenced by realising the fact, how deeply all of them are formed by metaphysics! the metaphysics that needs to be questioned and revised!

  • Tony
    2019-04-06 04:41

    As is mentioned this piece is almost as good as Being and Time - it is the entirety of two seminars he gave in the 1950s. The translator did a great job trying to make the ideas clear however there is still the usual opaque verbage. I’m not sure if this is the result of people not knowing what he is talking about or just the result of how the Germans spoke. I found if you read it quickly with a mind on B&T it seems to get clearer. It is time though for someone to go out on a limb and convert what he says into plain English: the result will be a book shrunken from 70 pages to about 10 making one of his great ideas succinct and easy for more to grasp.

  • Alex Obrigewitsch
    2019-04-15 23:57

    This is a key text for thinking through the thought of Heidegger. A few words, then.In "The Principle of Identity" Heidegger discusses the leap outside of metaphysics, into the abyss, that must be made in order to think the belonging together of thought and Being.Of prime importance is that this belonging is and yet is not - as it remains yet to be thought. Presence eludes us; all is yet absence (and perhaps of necessity must be). This thought, this belonging, has not yet been thought. It has called forth, from an ancient past perhaps, but the call has yet to be answered by the step, or in this case leap, outside.We remain as of yet as we always were - wanderers, wandering in errancy, through error.Could the "thoughtful turn toward what has already been thought" of the last line of the text not be a turning away, a different turn, a different thought - perhaps of difference? But enough - I am moving now into my own thought, turning away from Heidegger. Wandering. "The Onto-theo-logical Constitution of Metaphysics" is similarly, though differently, concerned with the step back, the step outside. Thought as the attempt to think outside of metaphysics, outside of ontotheology, and thus outside of thought. Heidegger's thought, throughout his life, was an attempt at this step back, this step outside - this leap, this thinking. Ever but an attempt, an opening, it remains yet to be thought, even now. We have failed, you might say. We have forgotten. Oblivion reigns - waiting, still.

  • Conor Slattery
    2019-03-26 23:38

    Heidegger called this his most important book next to Being and Time, and I would agree. It is a book of two lectures, one given to a public audience on Leibnez's Law and the other delivered as the final lecture in a seminar on Hegel. The first lecture, "The Principle of Identity," is Heidegger's radical new take on what it means for something to be the same. Hegel looks back to Plato to understand identity as something itself being the same as itself, and takes it to stratospheric heights. The second lecture, "The Onto-Logico Constitution of Metaphysics," brings Heidegger to the possible end of metaphysics, to the fact that we might need to leap out of metphsics, as metaphysics is the science of the comprehension of the beings of Being.If you have finished Being and Time and don't want to read lengthy texts like The Basic Problems of Metaphysics or Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics or if you're looking to get a glimpse of Heidegger's later thought, this is the perfect place to turn.

  • Mark Valentine
    2019-04-22 06:35

    Heidegger's lecture begins with a musing on Parminedes', "For the same perceiving (thinking) as well as being," and off he goes on a loquacious romp through the Broad Linquistic Forest (where no can see the trees). Maybe it would better be expressed, Thinking means Being. Not that I am trying to improve on Heidegger, mein Gott! By the end, the lecture stalls and he declaims the technological calculations that computer technology can achieve for traditional encounters with metaphysics. But the frame of appropriations he envisions does not end with his present age; he cannot perceive of what might be yet to come regarding technology and therefore his reasoning lacks the extention of forecasting what may be yet to come. Well, no matter. Heidegger himself has now joined tradition and Being goes on without him and includes me and you, reading this now.

  • Shrike lagarto
    2019-04-21 05:33

    Heidegger retoma el aspecto histórico de la filosofía, con la identidad como respuesta al problema del "ser". Hace una separación fundamental del ser y del ente, recordándonos que el principal papel de la metafísica es la enseñanza de Parménides, es decir: el lenguaje y su terminología son las bases fundamentales del logos. La metafísica heideggeriana está preocupada por las características de la historia y su enfrentamiento con la nada. Gran conferencia filosófica la de este Maestro del lenguaje y del pensamiento filosófico contemporáneo.

  • TKTE
    2019-04-15 06:57

    This is not a good book for a first-time reader of metaphysics like me. But then again, given what Heidegger is trying to accomplish by rethinking 2000 years of metaphysics, it can be in some ways a useful place to start. From what I can gather, I think Heidegger makes an interesting move to create new room for metaphysics as onto-theo-logic in a post-Hegelian and technological era. Heidegger's last question at the end is an interesting one, whether it's possible for Western languages in their very structure to avoid ontology and theology.

  • The Awdude
    2019-04-14 07:38

    Heidegger writes like Lacan, which means he writes like a 4 year-old playing word games with refrigerator magnets. But there's something beautiful about it, I think, and also hilarious. I feel like I "get" Heidegger a little better now, but that's not saying much. What I get is this: beings are the substance of Being, the former constituting the self-grounding of the latter in the together-ness of man and his thinking. Which makes so little sense I want to scream.

  • Wang Wei
    2019-04-14 01:34

    Heidegger's works is really hard to read, but in English version I can understand it easier. In this lecture he use two important words Ereignis and Austrag(perdurance) to construct his philosophy system, and explain how identity and difference is the same thing and happened with exist. Some people think he is play the game with language/words, I really don't agree with it. His thought is great and deeply, just to wait for people who will understand and love it, although it's difficult.

  • Edward Moran
    2019-04-18 07:33

    In this saying, heidegger reveals "arrival." The ontological difference, the difference between Being and beings, cannot be represented in advance and cannot be produced by us and is not a relation between things. Instead, it is an "arrival", it "arrives."

  • Jessica Zu
    2019-04-23 03:57

    Identity and Difference is considered by Heidegger himself as the most important work after Being and Time. This little booklet includes both the English translation and the German original which helps a lot because Heidegger is not very readable in translation.

  • David Haines
    2019-04-18 06:56

    This is an important book for the thought of Martin Heidegger. No easier to understand than his other works, but necessary for understanding his thought concerning Metaphysics, the Being of being, and the God of the philosophers.

  • Peter
    2019-04-02 05:31

    This book is very important to me. I'd read it before several times. The difficulty of even opening up this problem is beginning to sink in. Here it is the belonging to the same that begins to speak the connectedness of being and thinking. how is it that the same is not a category?

  • Douglas
    2019-04-03 00:47

    Note: Goodreads shows this book as 150 pages, but it's really only half that (one half the English translation, the other half the original text).