Being on Earth – Auf der Erde sein

Commentary on Georg Maier: Being on Earth
Elemente der Naturwissenschaft 100, 2014, P. 98-99 | DOI: 10.18756/edn.100.98


At the end of the 1990s, Ron Brady, Stephen Edelglass and Georg Maier agreed to write a book on a fuller and more explicit presentation than previously attempted of the radical implications of a rigorously phenomena-based scientific knowledge for the understanding of the world of the senses. Furthermore, it was to show for the first time in English the path along which the Swiss philosopher Heinrich Barth (1890-1965) invited his readers to ‘awareness of existence’ (see chapter ‘Existenz – vom ‘Dass’ des Erscheinens’). It is part of this book’s history that, after an initial publication in the USA, Georg Maier, the sole surviving author, agreed with the German publisher Logos to the issue of another English edition in the form of a printed book. The book’s title is Being on Earth – Practice in Tending the Appearances. In order to make parts of the book available to German readers, the editors of Elemente der Naturwissenschaft decided to translate and publish four of its chapters authored by Georg Maier.

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