I have created some indexes to GA65.
I would be interested in what indexes to
Heidegger people find usefully?
The more philosophical issues is why Heidegger
was against them even though SuZ has one.
Perhaps he was only against the use of indexes
with the historical lectures writings?
Also, you might have a look at
In Heideggers frühen Schriften erwähnte Autoren
Yours, Daniel fidel Ferrer.
The only index I usually use (just because it's
the only one I've really come across) is the
index to SZ that Fink (is that right?) put out.
I have no idea why H. was against indexes, but it's something that's always bothered me. It would certainly be much easier to work with the Gesamtausabe if there were indexes...Does anyone think the Gesamtausgabe will be online anytime soon? (The online Kant is one of the best things around, imho). Generally, I'm a real fan of indexes, and I find it difficult to work with books without them. If anyone has ideas about why Heidegger should have forbidden them, I'd be curious.
Yes, Heidegger wants us to follow along with him
and not just see what he had to say about
a philosopher or a topic. You may not agree
but I think that is what was going on with
putting indexes in the back of the Gesamtausgabe.
I think there is an index to GA 1 and of course
"Sein und Zeit". I think if pushed Heidegger might have said well ok, but no indexes to the lectures that are published in the Gesamtausgabe. This is of course speculation but that might make some sense. I think there might some indexes to his published letters.
On the other hand, read 100 volumes (GA) and see what you remember about Heidegger's writings.
I recently found a passage about Clausewitz
in GA 69 page 209. I would certainly be interested if any one else finds some remarks
on Clausewitz. So an index would great in this
Also there is an online index to "Sein und Zeit"
One of Martin Heidegger's grandsons mentioned
about putting the Gesamtausgabe online for
searching. But I do not think that will happen
soon since there are too many copyright issues
involved. In theory Heidegger's writings will be out of copyright in 2046. I will be 94.
Thanks - Daniel Fidel Ferrer.
That seems right -- it's a view very much in line with Heidegger's emphasis on the Denkwege. It's a position with which I do have some sympathy: it seems quite reasonable that the continuity and development of an argument would matter in understanding it. So, it's understandable that Heidegger would want to be read that way. There seems, though, to be a certain uncharitablity towards the reader implicit in Heidegger's refusal to include indexes. It's as though he assumed that given the ability simply to flip through, looking for passages on a particular author or topic, the reader would automatically choose to do so and not choose to follow the line of thought. This ignores, of course, the possibility that the reader might use the index as an aide memoire after reading the work. It assumes that the reader needs to be disciplined, prevented from giving in to his/her tendencies to take the easiest way out.
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