The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (tr. Constance Garnett)
Also requested Heidegger's Being and Time through interlibrary loan. When I mentioned the request to someone I know, who is interested in such things, she just groaned as a flood of memories of being frustrated with that work came to her.
I would highly recommend Dreyfus' Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Division I
to any and all who attempt to read this work alone and without much background.
Dreyfus' is a pugilist on the basic tennets in the first division upon which 98% of the rest of all Contemporary Philosophy hang (some hyperbole here, but not much). It can get somewhat tiresome, but it is for the most part the result of an Anglo-American trying to come to terms with the end of his own tradition and its futile attempts at progression. So some things are repeated over and over.
But perhaps for the best as these "simple" insight probably are the most confounding or "obvious" and need putting into context, especially those not familiar at all with Continental Thought. He also does a good job at giving alternate translations to some of the key terms in Being and Time
, which I think can be at time better than both critical versions in English translation.
The appendices can go the way of the trash can. Primarily written by a student, they attempt to address the "sexier" parts of B&T
that caught the eye of the "Existentialists" looking backward from Being and Nothingness
. They do Heidegger and Kierkegaard harm and no good.
This is a true intro which can and perhaps ought to be read before approaching the Kraut.
If you do get B&T
, please let me know, as there are substantial portions in the beginning which are going to be gibberish to someone who hasn't studied Phenomenology
in depth and they are not needed to grasp the key questions Heidegger raises within the text. Often folks give up during them when reading it for "edification". They shouldn't. They should just skip them. Those sections on Phenomenology are startling if placed within the proper relationship to Husserl and the Western understanding of phenomena
from time immemorial, but again not for non-expert reader. A necessary piece of writing from a student making his case for such a violent and shocking break from his mentor.
If you get especially jazzed by the work and wonder how in the world any genius wrote such a work in a ski hut in less than a month, then the following is an incredible piece of scholarship for the lay person and scholar alike:The Genesis of Heidegger's Being and Time
by Theodore Kisiel.
Links to Dreyfus' and Kisiel's works:http://www.amazon.com/Being-World-Commentary-Heideggers-Division/dp/0262540568/ref=pd_sim_b4http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Heideggers-Being-Time/dp/0520201590