Introduction to Metaphysics (Heidegger)

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Introduction to Metaphysics
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Author Martin Heidegger
Original title Einführung in die Metaphysik
Translator 1984: Ralph Manheim 2000: Gregory Fried and Richard Polt.
Country Germany
Language German
Subject ontology, hermeneutics, phenomenology
Publisher 1984: Yale University Press
2000: Yale University Press
2014: Yale University Press (revised and expanded ed.)
Publication date
Published in English
1984 (Manheim)
2000 (Fried & Polt)
2014 (Fried & Polt, revised and expanded ed.)

Introduction to Metaphysics (German: Einführung in die Metaphysik) is a book by Martin Heidegger and is the published version of a lecture course he gave in the Summer of 1935 at the University of Freiburg.[1] The book is famous for its powerful reinterpretation of Greek thought and infamous for its acknowledgement of the Nazi Party. The content of these lectures was not published in Germany until 1953.[2]

Heidegger commended this book along with his work Being and Time (1927),[3] as summarising his views at that time (1953) on ontology. Contrary to Heidegger's various statements about Introduction to Metaphysics, some scholars believe that this book is more detailed and specific to his earlier work than the title or publication date may suggest.


  1. ^ "Quick reference guide to the English translations of Heidegger". Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  2. ^ Introduction to Metaphysics, trans. by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000
  3. ^ Being and Time by Martin Heidegger, John Macquarrie (translator), Edward Robinson (translator), Blackwell 1962