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The philosophical world has been waiting for this book for a long time. It is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to understand Being-in-Time, one of the great path-breaking works of 20th century philosophy. Dreyfus's commentary, unsurpassed for its philosphical grasp and clarity of detail, has made Heidegger accessible to the English-speaking reader as never before. -- Charles Taylor, Professor of Philosophy, McGill University Hubert Dreyfus is without equal at explaining Heidegger's philosophy without distorting it. If only Heidegger had made himself as clear as Dreyfus makes him he would long ago have established himself in the English-speaking world as one of the greatest philosopher's of the twentieth century. -- Bryan Magee, Hon. Senior Research Fellow in the History of Ideas, King's College, University of London

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Hubert L. Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.


Dreyfus has for many years lectured on Heidegger's Being and Time in courses at the University of California at Berkeley, and his explanations of that gnomic work have won wide acclaim, which this book shows was justified. He presents a detailed account of Division I of Being and Time , never lapsing into the incomprehensible. Heidegger repudiated the view that meaning is a mental phenomenon. Instead, he argues, human life is governed by practices that can never be fully articulated but only studied through interpretation. The theory of knowledge, as it has been pursued by Descartes and his successors, therefore rests on a false assumption. Human beings never live in the world as minds isolated from objects: the problem of skepticism arises through ignoring the inextricable immersion of human beings in practical activities. Dreyfus does not offer much argument that Heidegger's views are correct. Readers will, however, learn with crystal clarity the nature of Heidegger's position.-- David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio

Mainstream philosophers...have never come up with a satisfactory account that translates Heidegger into their own language...That should change very soon, with the publication this year of Hubert Dreyfus's Being-in-the-World. The fruit of 25 years of teaching the subject at Berkeley, it is undoubtedly one of the clearest accounts of Heidegger's thought to date.

-Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review

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