Introduction to Metaphysics (Heidegger)

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Introduction to Metaphysics
Introduction to Metaphysics (German edition).jpg
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.)
Preceded by Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics
Followed by Contributions to Philosophy

Introduction to Metaphysics (German: Einführung in die Metaphysik) is a book by Martin Heidegger, the published version of a lecture course he gave in the summer of 1935 at the University of Freiburg.[1] 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. The work, in which Heidegger refers to the "inner truth and greatness" of National Socialism,[4] has been widely regarded as fascist in character.


Introduction to Metaphysics is famous for Heidegger's powerful reinterpretation of Greek thought and infamous for his acknowledgement of the Nazi Party.[2] Julian Young writes that it is a work which "even those on the whole sympathetic to Heidegger have generally taken to be indelibly fascist in character."[5] Nevertheless, the work has also been seen as being critical of Nazism for being insufficiently radical and suffering from the same spiritual impoverishment as the Soviet Union and the United States.[6]


  1. ^ "Quick reference guide to the English translations of Heidegger". Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b 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
  4. ^ An Introduction to Metaphysics, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1987
  5. ^ Heidegger, philosophy, Nazism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998
  6. ^ "Response to Gregory Fried's "The King Is Dead: Heidegger's Black Notebooks"". Retrieved 31 December 31 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |publisher= (help)