Heidegger, History and the Holocaust (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy)
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Heidegger, History and the Holocaust is an important contribution to the longstanding debate concerning Martin Heidegger's association with National Socialism. Although a difficult topic, this ambitious new work moves the entire debate on the Heidegger controversy forward.
Following Being and Time Heidegger expands on his notion of authenticity and related notions such as historicity and discusses the possibility of an authentic Dasein of a people along structurally consistent lines to his account of authenticity in Being and Time. O'Brien argues that the same difficulties which appear to hamstring the early account of authenticity further affect the notion of an authentic Dasein of a people; Heidegger's political myopia in the thirties can thus be attributed to an underlying failure to come to terms with some of the difficulties discussed in this study. O'Brien concedes that Heidegger's philosophy is influenced by its historical period and context but argues that, however inflammatory, Heidegger's rhetoric cannot be simply reduced to crude Nazi jingoism.
This book is a genuinely philosophical approach to the Heidegger controversy and a much-needed re-examination of his ideas and influences.
what strikes many as incomparably unique, is after all, nothing more than the discredited views of others repackaged in an abstruse prose. And this, of course, is 46 Heidegger, History and the Holocaust the giant non-sequitur which Habermas, Adorno, Wolin, Bourdieu, Farias and Faye would have us swallow, albeit in a variety of dishes and seasoned according to their own prejudices. In short, according to these critics, because there are traces of other ideas and other movements in Heidegger’s
other matter concerning Heidegger, what if we can establish that some of our greatest fears are in fact confirmed by reading some of Heidegger’s most ‘sacred’ and revered texts? It is Heidegger himself who professes a deep affinity between some of his most important concepts in Being and Time and his political views and actions in the 1930s. What if Heidegger’s notion of historicity and related discussions in Being and Time are indeed relevant to his politics but in ways which point to a massive
This ‘with’ is something of the character of Dasein; the ‘too’ means a sameness of Being as circumspectively concernful Being-in-the-world. ‘With’ and ‘too’ are to be understood existentially, not categorially. By reason of this with-like [mithaften] Being-in-the-world, the world is always the one that I share with Others. The world of Dasein is a with-world [Mitwelt]. Being-in is Being-with Others. Their Being-in-themselves within-the-world is Dasein-with [Mitdasein]. (BT: 154–5) Heidegger
private vision of that movement and that he could manage to justify all of this through the articulation of a political philosophy based on some of the core concepts of Being and Time. However, this does not demonstrate that Heidegger’s philosophy leads directly to antisemitism or Nazism. Yes, Heidegger attempts to use his philosophy to offer a theoretical basis for his political views, but this attempt fails because his philosophy cannot sustain the undertaking. The notions of historicity and
makes a similar point in 1966 when he responds to his interviewers concerning the urgency of the crisis in the age of technology: ‘Pessimism, no. Pessimism and optimism are attitudes which we are trying to consider, and they do not go far enough’ (‘Only a God Can Save Us’, 105). 47 Oswald Spengler. Man and Technics, 47. 48 Ibid., 48. 49 It is indicative of a certain interpretative prejudice of Zimmerman for example that in making a similar comparison between these observations of Spengler’s