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The Age of the World Picture

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"The Age of the World Picture" or "The Age of the World View" (German: Die Zeit des Weltbildes) is a 1938 lecture by Martin Heidegger in which he addresses the metaphysical ground of modern science.[1] It was published in the essay collection Holzwege in 1950.

English translations

The essay has been translated as "The Age of the World View" by Marjorie Grene (1951)[2] and as "The Age of the World Picture" by William Lovitt (1977)[3] and Julian Young (2002).[4]


Sidonie Kellerer believes that Heidegger published the text to show his “inner resistance” after the mid-1930s against the Nazi regime and as evidence for his early refusal of National Socialism and his rejection of a modern ideology that resulted in the totalitarian system. Emphasizing the differences between the published text and the original lecture delivered in 1938, she thinks that the differences show "the artful falsifications" used by Heidegger in order to re-establish his reputation.[5]


  1. ^ "Heidegger, "The Age of World Picture," annotation by JeeHee Hong".
  2. ^ Heidegger, Martin; Grene, Marjorie (1976). "The Age of the World View". Boundary 2. 4 (2): 341–355. doi:10.2307/302139. ISSN 0190-3659. JSTOR 302139.
  3. ^ Heidegger, Martin (1997). "The Age of the World Picture". Science and the Quest for Reality. Palgrave Macmillan UK: 70–88. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-25249-7_3. ISBN 978-0-333-64633-5.
  4. ^ in Martin Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track, edited and translated by Julian Young and Kenneth Haynes, 57–85 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002). ISBN 0-521-80507-4
  5. ^ Kellerer, Sidonie (November 2014). "Rewording the Past: The Postwar Publication of a 1938 Lecture by Martin Heidegger". Modern Intellectual History. 11 (3): 575–602. doi:10.1017/S1479244314000195. ISSN 1479-2443. S2CID 162262820.
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