Date of Thesis

Spring 2020


This thesis explores the writings of the 20th-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger to understand what “thinking” is and how thinking needs to be undertaken. I examine Heidegger’s commitments to phenomenology in his early writings, his revaluation of the meaning of truth in traditional Western metaphysics, his criticism of calculative thinking and scientific rationality, his diagnosis of the human alienation and homelessness, and his evocation of the redemptive power of art and poetry through which we can find our place in the world. By questioning through all these themes, I attempt to trace Heidegger’s path towards a deeper and more original kind of thinking that remains largely ignored in traditional philosophical inquiry.


Thinking, Heidegger, Technology, Metaphysics, Poetry, Philosophy

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Gary Steiner