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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941$
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Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034012

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034012.001.0001

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Heidegger’s Metaphysical Anti-Semitism

Heidegger’s Metaphysical Anti-Semitism

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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Donatella Di Cesare

The MIT Press

Heidegger’s Black Notebooks show anti-Semitism as taking on a new philosophical relevance. The Jew appears at the heart of Heidegger’s thought, and as central to his philosophy. Yet, to the Jew, inscribed in the history of being, is also ascribed the greatest fault, the oblivion of being. Metaphysical anti-Semitism as it appears in the Notebooks sheds new light on Heidegger’s adherence to Nazism, which can no longer be considered a mere political interlude, but rather as a key philosophical moment in his work. Since Heidegger’s choice for Nazism is a philosophical one, the ’Heidegger case’ must be discussed first in its philosophical context. The Black Notebooks provide an opportunity to think philosophically about, not only about the Third Reich, nor only about Auschwitz, but also about the place of the ’Jewish question’ in the history of the West.

Keywords:   metaphysical anti-Semitism, metaphysics, German Philosophy, Judaism, ‘Jewish Question’, ontological difference, oblivion of being, Nazism

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