Heidegger, the Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935
In the most comprehensive examination to date of Heidegger’s Nazism, Emmanuel Faye draws on previously unavailable materials to paint a damning picture of Nazism’s influence on the philosopher’s thought and politics.
In this provocative book, Faye uses excerpts from unpublished seminars to show that Heidegger’s philosophical writings are fatally compromised by an adherence to National Socialist ideas. In other documents, Faye finds expressions of racism and exterminatory anti-Semitism.
Faye disputes the view of Heidegger as a naïve, temporarily disoriented academician and instead shows him to have been a self-appointed “spiritual guide” for Nazism whose intentionality was clear. Contrary to what some have written, Heidegger’s Nazism became even more radical after 1935, as Faye demonstrates. He revisits Heidegger’s masterwork, Being and Time, and concludes that in it Heidegger does not present a philosophy of individual existence but rather a doctrine of radical self-sacrifice, where individualization is allowed only for the purpose of heroism in warfare. Faye’s book was highly controversial when originally published in France in 2005. Now available in Michael B. Smith’s fluid English translation, it is bound to awaken controversy in the English-speaking world.
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Review: Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935User Review - Daniel Burton-Rose - Goodreads
Faye has an odd sense of intellectual agency, in which Heidegger's works, by simply existing on library shelves, seep Nazism out into the body politic. But Faye succeeds admirably in demonstrating his ... Read full review
Review: Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935User Review - Chocolatestigmata - Goodreads
'The German language speaks Being, while all the others merely speak of Being.' - Martin Heidegger. How anyone could've read that declaration & not clued into the nationalistic chauvinism that runs ... Read full review
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