Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning the Thing, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018 – also reviewed at NDPR by Hakhamanesh Zangeneh.
This is a new translation of material which had appeared in English in 1967 but had long been out of print. Insofar as it increases the availability in English of Heidegger’s interpretations of Kant, it is quite welcome. The book is also a welcome return of Heidegger translations to manuscripts dealing with traditional philosophical authors and themes. It can be argued that ever since the publication of Peter Trawny’s reading of the ‘black notebooks,’ in 2014, Heidegger studies has been taken hostage by Nazism studies. The majority of recent English translations released by the biggest publisher of Heidegger’s works, Indiana University Press, have in fact been those diaries. The volume under review contrasts with those books in that it contains no biographical content and stays focused on a major text from the history of Western philosophy. To those hunting for the proverbial “gotcha” passages in this text, this reviewer would counsel “move along, nothing to see.”