Michael Bowler & Ingo Farin, editors
Northwestern University Press
629 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60208
9780810132672, $99.95, HC, 352pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Martin Heidegger (26 September 1889-26 May 1976) was a German philosopher and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition and philosophical hermeneutics. Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Michael Bowler (Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan Technological University) and Ingo Farin (lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia", "Hermeneutical Heidegger" is a collection of eleven scholarly essays that critically examines and confronts Heidegger's hermeneutical approach to philosophy and the history of philosophy. Heidegger's work, both early and late, has had a profound impact on hermeneutics and hermeneutical philosophy. The essays comprising "Hermeneutical Heidegger" are striking in the way they exhibit the variety of perspectives on the development and role of hermeneutics in Heidegger's work, allowing a multiplicity of views on the nature of hermeneutics and hermeneutical philosophy to emerge. As Heidegger argues, the rigor and strength of philosophy do not consist in the development of a univocal and universal method, but in philosophy's ability to embrace (not just tolerate) the questioning of its basic concepts. The essays in Hermeneutical Heidegger are exemplars of this kind of rigor, strength and scholarship.
Critique: Enhanced with a sixteen page Bibliography, a four page listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a thirteen page Index, "Hermeneutical Heidegger" is unreservedly recommended and a critically important addition to college and university level Philosophy collections in general, and Martin Heidegger supplemental studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger that "Hermeneutical Heidegger" is also available in a paperback edition (9780810132665, $39.95) and in a Kindle format ($31.16).