Ontology—Hermeneutics of Facticity

Heidegger, Martin. Ontology: Hermeneutics of Facticity. Translated by John van Buren. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1999.  


First published in 1988 as volume 63 of his Collected Works, OntologyThe Hermeneutics of Facticity is the text of Heidegger’s lecture course at the University of Freiburg during the summer of 1923. In these lectures, Heidegger reviews and makes critical appropriations of the hermeneutic tradition from Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine to Schleiermacher and Dilthey in order to reformulate the question of being on the basis of facticity and the everyday world. Specific themes deal with the history of ontology, the development of phenomenology and its relation to Hegelian dialectic, traditional theological and philosophical concepts of man, the present situation of philosophy, and the influences of Aristotle, Luther, Kierkegaard, and Husserl on Heidegger’s own thinking. Students of Heidegger will find initial breakthroughs in his unique elaboration of the meaning of human existence and the “question of being, ” which received mature expression in Being and Time.