The Question of Being

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367 pages, 6" x 9", paperbound reprint of 1993 edition, introduction, notes, index

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The Question of Being

A Reversal of Heidegger

Rosen, Stanley

In this book, Rosen enters into a debate with Heidegger in order to provide a justification for metaphysics. Rosen presents a fresh interpretation of metaphysics that opposes the traditional doctrines attacked by Heidegger, on the one hand, and by contemporary philosophers influenced by Heidegger, on the other. He refutes Heidegger’s claim that metaphysics (or what Heidegger calls Platonism) is derived from the Aristotelian science of being as being. He argues indeed that metaphysics is simply the commonsensical reflection on the nature of ordinary experience and on the standards of living a better life.

Rosen uses his critique of Heidegger to suggest the next step in philosophy: that technical precision and speculative metaphysics be unified in what he calls a “step downward into the rich air of everyday life.”

“This is a great book of philosophy by a great thinker. It is what the whole philosophical scene needs; it is how philosophy should be done. A huge enlightening work of scholarship and philosophical insight.” – Iris Murdoch

“I would recommend The Question of Being as the most intelligent study of Heidegger written in English. In fact there are few studies in other languages that seem as good.” – Paul Gottfried, The Review of Metaphysics

“Rosen’s book brims with brilliance.” – Keith Ansell-Pearson, The Times Higher Education Supplement

“I know of no more thoughtful and challenging discussion of Heidegger than Rosen’s The Question of Being.” – Karsten Harries, International Journal of Philosophical Studies

“Rosen’s book is unique and original, a genuine work of philosophy.” – Jacques Taminiaux, Boston College