Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger
Martin Heidegger
  • Born: September 26, 1889
  • Died: May 26, 1976
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Philosopher









Martin Heidegger was a German philosopher and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition and philosophical hermeneutics, and is "widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century." Heidegger is best known for his contributions to phenomenology and existentialism, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy cautions, "his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification". Heidegger's membership in and public support for the Nazi Party has been the subject of widespread controversy regarding the extent to which his Nazism influenced his philosophy.

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Danger never came of working for the State, but only from indifference and resistance. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Doctrines and "ideas" shall no longer govern your existence. The Fuhrer himself, and only he, is the current and future reality of Germany, and his word is your law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
It was not lust for honor, nor a seeking after fame, nor blind obstinacy nor power-seeking that demanded of the Fuhrer [Adolf Hitler] our resignation from the League of Nations, but simply the clear determination to be unconditionally responsible to ourselves in enduring and mastering our own destiny. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Knowledge and German destiny must come to power above all in the adherence to tradition, and will do so only when teachers and students alike suspend knowledge as their innermost need, and participate in the destiny of Germany in its most extreme need. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Knowledge means being in the place where we are put. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The National Socialist Revolution is not simply the taking of power in the state by one party from another, but brings a complete revolution of our German existence. Henceforth every matter demands decision, and every act demands responsibility. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The possible ranks higher than the actual. Human Nature ;Miscellaneous
The student body of the University of Freiburg announces that it is determined to carry the fight against Jewish-Marxist undermining of Germany to the bitter end, to the complete annihilation of the foe. The public burnings of Jewish-Marxist writings on May 10, 1933, served as a symbol of this fight. Germans, rally to this fight! Make your participation public! From the publishers and bookstores send us all books and writings that deserve burning. Let each one bring what he finds, or tell us about it so that we may go get it. The fire of destruction is to us like a blazing up of the German spirit and German custom and practice. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There exists only one single German way of life. It is that which is rooted in the enduring core of the people and in a way of work freely offered to the will of the State, a way whose enrichment is being shaped in the National Socialist Revolution. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
There is a revolution in Germany, and we must ask ourselves, "Is there a revolution in the university?" No. The fighting is still in the skirmishing stage. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We first understand the glory and the greatness of the Hitler revolution when we carry implanted deep within us this reflection: Everything that is great is in the midst of the storm. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.
Being and time determine each other reciprocally, but in such a manner that neither can the former - Being - be addressed as something temporal nor can the latter - time - be addressed as a being. Time
Being-alone is a deficient mode of being-with; its possibility is a proof for the latter.
But every historical statement and legitimization itself moves within a certain relation to history. History
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself. Life ;Death
Language is the house of the truth of Being. Truth
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
Man is not the lord of beings. Man is the shepherd of Being.
Only a god can save us. Religion & God
The Fuhrer alone is the present and future German reality and its law. Learn to know ever more deeply: from now on every single thing demands decision, and every action responsibility. Future
The German language speaks Being, while all the others merely speak of Being.
The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.
The human body is essentially something other than an animal organism.
The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking. Time
Thinking begins only when we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the stiff-necked adversary of thought.
Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time. Time
To dwell is to garden.
To think Being itself explicitly requires disregarding Being to the extent that it is only grounded and interpreted in terms of beings and for beings as their ground, as in all metaphysics.
Transcendence constitutes selfhood.
True time is four-dimensional. Time
We do not say: Being is, time is, but rather: there is Being and there is time. Time
We name time when we say: every thing has its time. This means: everything which actually is, every being comes and goes at the right time and remains for a time during the time allotted to it. Every thing has its time. Time
We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action.
Whatever can be noted historically can be found within history. History
When modern physics exerts itself to establish the world's formula, what occurs thereby is this: the being of entities has resolved itself into the method of the totally calculable.
Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?