Heidegger’s life can be characterised by the places where he lived and wrote.

The philosopher’s youth was centred on a small town in provincial Southern

Germany, Messkirch, where he was born in 1889. Heidegger’s father was sexton

to the town’s church. This role determined much about the family’s life and, in

1895, they moved into a tied house associated with it (Safranski 1997, 1-16).