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To Heidegger, what was at stake was nothing less than Western thought as it has been known - not only its philosophy, but its natural sciences, its human sciences, its everyday discourses.

To turn towards "being" meant: to turn away from their traditional concerns, to place their methods, their concepts and their underlying assumptions in question.

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Few philosophers have proposed such a radical disturbance of philosophy.

It took Heidegger into some strange and contentious territories, both conservative and revolutionary, secular and theological, anti-traditional but deeply rooted, backward-looking while proposing a future thinking whose contours are still not settled.


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