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What Is Called Thinking?

What Is Called Thinking
Cover of the first edition
AuthorMartin Heidegger
Original titleWas heißt Denken?
Translator1968: Fred D. Wick and J. Glenn Gray
SubjectThought, Ontology
Publisher1954: Max Nlemeyer Verlag
Publication date
Published in English
1968: Harper & Row
Preceded byThe Origin of the Work of Art 

What is called thinking? (German: Was heißt Denken?) is a book by the philosopher Martin Heidegger, the published version of a lecture course he gave during the winter and summer semesters of 1951 and 1952 at the University of Freiburg.[1][2]


The philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote that "For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."[3]


  1. ^ Jeff. "Quick reference guide to the English translations of Heidegger". HyperJeff. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ Robbins, Brent Dean (2014). "Joyful Thinking-Thanking: A Reading of Heidegger's "What Is Called Thinking?"" (PDF). Janus Head. 13 (12): 13–21.
  3. ^ Heidegger, Martin (1968). What is called thinking?. Translated by Gray, J. Glenn. New York: HarperPerennial. Back cover. ISBN 0-06-090528-X. OCLC 273314.
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