Discovering the Mind, Vol 2: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Buber by Walter Arnold Kaufmann

By Walter Arnold Kaufmann

During this moment quantity of a trilogy that represents a landmark contribution to philosophy, psychology, and highbrow heritage, Walter Kaufmann has chosen 3 seminal figures of the modem interval who've appreciably altered our knowing of what it really is to be human. His interpretations of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Buber are full of life, available, and penetrating, and within the top scholarly culture they problem and revise authorised perspectives.

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Mental "ontological" investigation. With respect to the status of even that part of his philosophy which seems to be about psychological topics. such as anxiety and guilt. Heidegger insists that his discussions are not really what they seem to be, that is. not psychological or anthropological. " Heidegger maintains that his discussions of human beings. that is. of the being of humans. is just a means to his real subject matter. "Being" itself. Though this perplexing and evasive catechism xlii ~ DISCOVERING THE MIND has been repeated faithfully by the faithful, its meaning remains a mystery.

Relevance to Post-modern Issues A decade after its original publication and the death of its author, the importance of this volume and Kaufmann's Weltanschauung has actually increased with respect to current intellectual issues and debates. In this decade there has been an extraordinary increment of interest in both Nietzsche and Heidegger, notably in America, England, and France. And this explosion of interest has occurred, not only among philosophers, but also in a number of other humanistic disciplines, such as literary studies and theory, art history and criticism, even in general history and some areas of the social sciences.

To listen for this uniqueness, to become aware of the otherness of the other, is an essential aspect of the Buberian ideal of treating the other as a thou. This program of discovering the mind (both conscious and unconscious) of others through sensitive attention to the texts they have written has been under considerable attack over the last half century. The possibility of actually determining the mind of others from their writings, along with the idea that the revelation of the mind of the author is, at least ideally, the task of the interpreter, has been denied since the heyday of the New Criticism in literature immediately following the Second World War.

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