Bottom of Metaphysics" has pedagogical significance, but like the introduction in a piece of classicalmusic, it is designed to bring the listener into the world of the main theme. It serves to set the mood for the piece.I have translated the three frontier markers translated grouped around the lecture "What Is Metaphysics?"in the order of composition. The postscript was revised for the fifth edition (1949) of the lecture. In anearlier English translation, published that year, the unrevised postscript was the basis for the translation.The present translation is based on the
(Volume 9, 1976) and soincludes marginal notes gleaned from Heidegger's copies of the various editions of his lecture.The order of composition of the three essays which follow was lecture (1929), postscript (1943, rev. 1949),and introduction (1949). Nonetheless, I am presenting them as Heidegger did beginning with the fourthedition (1943) of the lecture. In
, they are presented chronologically in order of composition.
All citations are to the
(1976) (Frankfurt: Klostermann):"Einleitung zu 'Was ist Metaphysik?'" [= EWM and page number], pp. 365-383; "Was ist Metaphysik?" [=WM and page number], pp. 103-122]; and "Nachwort zu 'Was ist Metaphysik?'" [=NWM and pagenumber], pp. 303-312.
What Is Metaphysics?
The lecture was presented to the faculties of the University of Freiburg on July 24,1929 as Heidegger's inaugural address. It was first translated by R.F.C. Hull and Alan Crick in 1949 and published in
Existence and Being
, a collection of Heidegger's essays edited by Werner Brock (Chicago:Henry Regnery), pp. 325-349. The lecture and postscript (1943 version) have been reprinted since 1975 inthe revised and expanded edition of Walter Kaufmann's
Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
(NewYork: New American Library), pp. 242-257. A second translation of only the lecture, by David Krell, was published in
(1977) New York: Harper and Row (expanded edition, 1993), pp. 93-110.
Postscript to 'What Is Metaphysics?'
The postscript was published with the fourth edition (1943) of the