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On Reading Heidegger—After the “Heidegger Case”?

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posted on 2024-06-13, 11:39 authored by M Sharpe
This paper looks at the state of the literature surrounding Heidegger and Nazism today. Part 1 focusses on Hassan Givsan’s remarkable work, Une histoire consternante: pourquoi les philosophes se laissent corrompre par le “cas Heidegger”, which looks at the different, mutually inconsistent forms of “apologetics” denying that Heidegger had been a Nazi, or that this commitment could have been shaped by his philosophy. Part 2 looks at five themes that emerge from the 2014 French-language collection Heidegger, le sol, la communauté, la race, edited by Emmanuel Faye: Heidegger’s anti-semitism, before and in the Black Notebooks; Sein und Zeit and “the political”; Heidegger and his estate’s post-war “rewriting” of his Nazi-era texts; Heidegger’s esotericism; and his intellectual proximities to other Nazi thinkers. Closing reflections touch on the state of the debate, calling for increased scholarly awareness of the evidence, and debate of its significance.

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Journal

Critical Horizons

Volume

19

Pagination

334-360

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1440-9917

eISSN

1568-5160

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Critical Horizons Pty Ltd

Issue

4

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD