Keywords of Martin Heidegger

Author: Griffiths, David B.
This book fills an important gap in the literature of Heidegger through its extensive, detailed “key word analytic” of keywords in Heidegger’s 1927 Sein und Zeit, a central philosophical work of the last century. This expository and critical analytic focuses on foundational terms in Sein und Zeit: their semantic role, clarity and coherence, requiring verbal and conceptual translation. Included are detailed discussions of over 100 key terms (the most extensive analysis of which is the term ‘Dasein’), each of which has been carefully defined with convincing arguments for the English translations provided. The work contains a list of abbreviations and an extensive bibliography.


“ ... When a body of literature reaches the dimensions of that devoted to Heidegger, a concise outline of his central lexical elements becomes necessary. This keyword analysis is one such summary, and part of Dr. Griffiths’s insight is the chance to see a more nuanced portrait of the various Heideggers: the anti-modernist was a young ultra-conservative Roman Catholic who later embraced the so-called free Christianity and became a Lutheran; having criticized conformist modes of behavior and alliance in Sein und Zeit in 1926, within a decade Heidegger was a member of the Nazi party; and later his notion of Geviert (Heidegger’s Fourfold of earth, sky, mortals and divinities) implies a retreat from logic, opining that the fate of humanity depended on the arrival of a yet unseen god ... Although this book has emerged out of several contexts, including debates about the relationship of knowledge to power, its focus goes beyond a merely biographic gesture towards the political affiliation of Heidegger, the cooption of German universities into the National Socialist agenda, his relationships with Hannah Arendt and his Jewish student protégés, and his postwar career ...” – (from the Foreword) Professor Tim Cross, Fukuoka University

“The author listens to Heidegger with breath-taking thoughtfulness and open-mindedness, sometimes learning from him, other times taking him to task, but always engaged in respectful conversation. Dr. Griffiths teaches us that this influential German philosopher, like good Scotch, is best appreciated by those with enough experience to understand subtleties and complexities. Readers who have previous experience with Heidegger and the European philosophical tradition will most appreciate this keyword study ...” – Professor Michel Desjardins, Wilfrid Laurier University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tim Cross
On Being and Time: A Keyword Analytic of Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit (1927)
Introductory Comments
Keywords (A – Z)