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Introduction to Metaphysics

Introduction to Metaphysics by Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger

Anyone for whom the Bible is divine revelation and truth has the answer to the question "Why are there essents rather than nothing?" even before it is asked: everything that is, except God himself, has been created by Him. God himself, the increate creator, "is". One who holds to such faith can in a way participate in the asking of our question, but he cannot really question without ceasing to be a believer and taking all the consequences of such a step. He will only be able to act "as if"...

On the one hand a faith that does not perpetually expose itself to the possibility of unfaith is no faith but merely a convenience: the believer simply makes up his mind to adhere to the traditional doctrine. This is neither faith nor questioning, but the indifference of those who can busy themselves with everything, sometimes even displaying a keen interest in faith as well as questioning.

From the standpoint of faith our question is "foolish".

Philosophy is this very foolishness.

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Heidegger was a major figure and influence in contemporary continental philosophy, affecting the work of Lyotard, Derrida, Lacan, Foucault and Gadamer to name only a few.

Heidegger also lectured and wrote on Kant.