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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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Reading Heidegger’s Black Notebooks

Reading Heidegger’s Black Notebooks

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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Steven Crowell

The MIT Press

The chapter focuses on the first volume of the Black Notebooks (1931-1938). Systematically, it examines how Heidegger’s failed effort to establish a “spiritual National Socialism” through his Rectorship plays a role in the transition from Heidegger’s post-Being and Time interest in a phenomenological metaphysics (here called “metapolitics”) to his later “esoteric” philosophy in which metaphysics is to be overcome. Philologically, the chapter examines Heidegger’s self-presentation, suggesting that he takes Nietzsche as his literary Virgil, guiding him to a written form for thinking that is neither “fragment” nor “notes for a planned system,” but “simple naming.” The question that the first Notebook forces us to consider is: What would it mean to take seriously the idea that philosophy is of supreme importance for individual and social life?

Keywords:   phenomenology, metaphysics, Nietzsche, spiritual National Socialism, esoteric philosophy, metapolitics, simple naming

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