ŅThere is no other book that focuses on the religious significance of the many ŌturningsÕ in HeideggerÕs thought, nor that addresses the question of HeideggerÕs politics textually rather than autobiographically.Ó ŃMerold Westphal John D. CaputoÕs critique of Martin HeideggerÕs texts assesses HeideggerÕs achievement as a thinker while locating the source of his ethical insensitivity and political blindness. Caputo traces the emergence in HeideggerÕs writings of the misguided notion that the Western tradition grew from a single Greek beginning, excluding everything Jewish and Christian. From the early Freiburg lectures to the later works, Caputo shows that the myth of Being was not a feature of HeideggerÕs writings in the 1920s, but that it arose in the 1930s as he moved into the orbit of National Socialism. This fatal move jettisoned from HeideggerÕs thought the ethics of mercy and justice that entered the Western tradition from biblical sources. Demythologizing Heidegger calls for a distinction between dangerous, elitist, hierarchizing myths such as HeideggerÕs and salutary, liberative, empowering myths that foster the humility of justice. In contrast to Heidegger, Caputo points to the writings of Derrida, Lyotard, and Levinas for a flourishing discourse on justice.
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Aletheia and the Myth of Being
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