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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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Nostalgia, Spite, and the Truth of Being

Nostalgia, Spite, and the Truth of Being

(p.207) 14 Nostalgia, Spite, and the Truth of Being
Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Karsten Harries

The MIT Press

The Black Notebooks make clear once again that Being and Time and the question of Being it raised remained the foundation of Heidegger’s thought; they make clear also that by then he was convinced that with that book philosophy as traditionally understood, and that means also as he had still understood it when he embarked on Being and Time, had come to some sort of end: on this path there could be no further progress. But what does that question have to do with Heidegger’s embrace of National Socialism? That there is indeed such a relationship musty be admitted and calls for thoughtful discussion, for which the Black Notebooks provide rich material. But while they justify a charge of anti-Semitism, they also show that Heidegger’s anti-Semitism is but one, and by no means the most important expression of a profound anti-modernism based on his understanding of the history of Being.

Keywords:   “Age of the World Picture”, anti-Semitism, Descartes, homelessness, Machenschaft, Messkirch, modern age, National Socialism, Seinsgeschichte, Seinsvergessenheit

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