A Comparative Review of Martin Heidegger's book "Being and Time" and `Abdu'l-Bahá's Main Teaching in Europe

By Arash Arjomand

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #97
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 3–6, 2010
(see list of papers from #97)

    The work "Being and Time" by the famous German philosopher Martin Heidegger is, beyond any doubt, one of the most innovative philosophical books of the twentieth century. Its deep and wide influences on the western philosophical thought have made it be considered an unprecedented contribution to human thinking.

    This work was written in 1926, and a comparative study can be made between the main original thesis presented in this book and the general philosophical framework and ideas that the Master exposed to the European audiences during His historical journeys a decade before Heidegger's book was written.

    The aim of this preliminary study is to look over the implicit connections that one can discover between these so different two perspectives: the one, purely philosophical; the other, divine.

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