Heidegger and the existential turn
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Martin Heidegger was born 1889 in Messkirch, Germany. Heidegger’s early education was with the Jesuit order, during which time he steeped himself in classical studies, especially Greek culture, language and philosophy. In his early years, Heidegger entered the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Freiburg with the intention of joining the priesthood. He briefl y became a novice in the Jesuit order, but left aft er only two weeks for reasons of poor health. In 1907, Heidegger received a copy of Franz Brentano’s On the Manifold Meaning of Being in Aristotle, a work that steered him in the direction of “the question of being” that would occupy him for the entirety of his philosophical career. However, it was not until aft er he left the seminary, following a brief period where he studied theology, that Heidegger devoted himself exclusively to philosophy. He received his PhD in 1913 and his Habilitation in 1915, at which time he became a lecturer at the University of Freiburg.