This page features a collection of the best resources on Martin Heidegger. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on Heidegger. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about him.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want an academic overview of Heidegger:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Martin Heidegger. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also very long at around 29,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Heidegger:
“Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) was a German philosopher whose work is perhaps most readily associated with phenomenology and existentialism, although his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification. His ideas have exerted a seminal influence on the development of contemporary European philosophy. They have also had an impact far beyond philosophy, for example in architectural theory, literary criticism, theology, psychotherapy and cognitive science. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Taylor Carmen and Christian Madsjberg discuss Heidegger on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [25 mins]
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on or by Heidegger.
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.