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March 30, 2007

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Matt M

"only the full time scholar has a chance of excavating them or making anything remotely comprehensible out of them"

Sounds like the perfect book to be stuck on a desert island with. I mean, what else are you going to do with your time? Building sandcastles is only fun for so long.

Paulus E.

I seriously couldn't tell from the language whether or not this post was meant tongue-in-cheek. If not, its tone seems more than a bit harsh, given that Being and Time is taken to be a powerful book by many philosophers (even analytic philosophers!). One may not like the style of its prose, but it is absurd to deny that it's well-written. You may also prefer Hume over Heidegger, but implying that the latter is dim-witted compared to the former indicates strong partisanship rather than unbiased judgment.

Bob

Nah, I agree with Nigel. And more. Being and Time is unmitigated, incomprehensible pap. It takes nearly a million pages to offer a second-rate pseudo-intellectual opinion that could have been written down on a post-it. The work's enduring appeal to a small minority of devoted acolytes is a monument to the longevity and the potency afforded by obscurantism and meaninglessness.

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