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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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The Role of Martin Heidegger’s Notebooks within the Context of His Oeuvre

The Role of Martin Heidegger’s Notebooks within the Context of His Oeuvre

(p.89) 6 The Role of Martin Heidegger’s Notebooks within the Context of His Oeuvre
Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that the Black Notebooks belong to Heidegger’s ontohistorical thought after Being and Time, as posthumously published in works such as Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event), Mindfulness, “The Overcoming of Metaphysics,” The History of Being, and Pathways of the Beginning. It is argued that according to Heidegger the Black Notebooks are subordinate writings containing commentaries and supplements to these ontohistorical works, from which it follows that they do not constitute a concluding capstone to his ontohistorical philosophy. It is claimed that the complex network of concepts in Heidegger’s ontohistorical thought involves notions such as groundlessness, absence of history, calculation, empty rationality, forgetfulness of being, uprootedness of beings from being, by means of which Heidegger characterizes the modern age. Since none of these concepts are anti-Semitic, the charge is repudiated that Heidegger’s philosophy is tainted by anti-Semitism as claimed by the editor of the Black Notebooks (Trawny).

Keywords:   ontohistorical anti-Semitism, Trawny, calculation, empty rationality

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