Off The Beaten Track

First published in 1950, Holzwege is the first major collection of Heidegger’s essays published after the war. The volume begins with the final version of lectures given in 1935/36 on the “Origin of the Work of Art,” the 1938 lecture on the scientific picture of the modern world (genitivus appositivus) in “Age of the World- Picture,” the 1942 essay on “Hegel’s Concept of Experience,” the examination of nihilism in the context of Nietzsche’s thought in the 1943 lecture “Nietzsche’s Word: God is Dead,” and two essays from 1946: an interpretation of Rilke’s poetry in “Why Poets” and Heidegger’s most extensive treatment of the first of the three initiators of Western thinking in “Anaximander’s Saying.”