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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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Metaphysics, Christianity, and the “Death of God” in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks (1931–1941)

Metaphysics, Christianity, and the “Death of God” in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks (1931–1941)

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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Holger Zaborowski

The MIT Press

This essays focuses on Heidegger’s relation to Christianity in the Black Notebooks and shows to what extent Heidegger interprets Christianity and what he considers its crisis after the death of God from within the history of metaphysics and, therefore, from within the history of Being. It argues that analysing his relation to Christianity helps to understand that the Black Notebooks, particularly their highly problematic passages, need to be read against the background of a crisis that has three closely related dimensions: the dimension of his own biography (particularly his relation to Christianity and his Rectorate), the dimension of history and culture of the 1930s and 1940s, and, finally, the dimension of philosophy, or the history of Being, itself.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Christianity, religion, history of Being, Western metaphysics, Death of God, Nihilism, Nietzsche, Hölderlin

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