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[Xmca-l] Re: Heidegger's Notebooks Renew Focus on Anti-Semitism - NYTimes.com
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- Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:34:13 -0300
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I yet don't know whether addressing the issue from the point of view of Heidegger's writings is relevant. I am aware that for many people in the philosophy departments what is attractive as a scholarly activity is to elucidate whether his philosophy has substantive connections with a Nazi worldview. I can understand why is interesting to them. And, yet, I doubt that the masses adhering to nazism got it from reading Heidegger or other philosophers as the nazism of the german populace was quite basic and quite naturalized.
What I think is the real problem is how to judge the actions of intellectuals during times where the worst side of humanity takes center stage. Thus, I think that Heidegger has to be judged according to what he did, what he publicly said as regards the Holocaust (before, during and after). And we don't need to read the black notebooks to learn that his moral stature is not compatible with the sensitivity he shows in some of his writings.
Alas, poor Celan, whom expected something different from him until the end:
On Mar 31, 2014, at 2:18 AM, mike cole <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Among the many things to read, that was an interesting summary of the black
> notebooks, David.
> Am i correct in interpreting the link between heidegger and anti-semitism
> t, according to this account, to run through the sin of rationalism and its
> epitome in mathematics as "calculation" presumably linking rationalism and
> money lending, and hence the historical steretotype as in *Jew Suss*?
> Or is that too simple?
> Is the anti-semitism endemic to the philosophy or contingent invasion of a
> historical German cultural narrative?
> The blind man with a stick
> On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM, David Kellogg <email@example.com> wrote:
>> I've only seen short extracts from the "Black Notebooks", but what
>> I've seen suggests that the real problem is not time but precisely the
>> problem of "worlding" which was mentioned earlier.
>> Jews, according to the "Black Notebooks", are an "unworlded" people,
>> and because of that they are necessarily parasitic upon peoples who
>> are deeply and profoundly in the world, i.e. his truly.
>> It's a big world, and there are lots of other things to read. They are
>> only short extracts, but they are more than enough.
>> David Kellogg
>> Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
>> On 31 March 2014 10:02, Martin John Packer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> Hi David,
>>> Yes, this always the problem with Heidegger: his appalling politics,
>> both professional and personal. However, the conceptual problem he was
>> working on was also important to philosophers with very different politics.
>> For example, Lucien Goldmann found parallels between Heidegger and Lukacs
>> (ref below). I find it helpful to (try to) understand what Heidegger was
>> trying to do, and also understand how a philosopher of human existence was
>> unable to prevent himself from becoming a very unpleasant human being. (The
>> problem lies in his treatment of time, in my view.)
>>> Goldmann, L. (1979). Lukacs and Heidegger: Towards a new philosophy.
>> Routledge and Kegan Paul.
>>> On Mar 30, 2014, at 7:10 PM, David Preiss <email@example.com>
>>>> As an aside to the ongoing references to Heidegger... May be of
>> interest or not.
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