Heidegger and the Political

Heidegger and the Political

by Miguel de Beistegui
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415130638

ISBN-13: 9780415130639

Pub. Date: 12/15/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The legacy of Heidegger's membership in the Nazi party has consumed almost every aspect of continental philosophical thought and is in many ways the philosophical question of the twentieth century. Yet many recent books have placed Heidegger the National Socialist

before Heidegger the Philosopher. Heidegger and the Political is a balanced yet

Overview

The legacy of Heidegger's membership in the Nazi party has consumed almost every aspect of continental philosophical thought and is in many ways the philosophical question of the twentieth century. Yet many recent books have placed Heidegger the National Socialist

before Heidegger the Philosopher. Heidegger and the Political is a balanced yet incisive account of why Heidegger saw in national socialism the possibility of reawakening Germany to its lost essence, and how this resulted in a catastrophic "failure of thinking".

In

an intelligent and nuanced rethinking of the Heidegger "affair", Miguel de Beistegui argues that it is Heidegger's philosophy that provides clues to his political activism. If we are to understand the absence of a systematic political philosophy in Heidegger, we must trace the thinking

in his major philosophical work, Being and Time and his later writings on technology and global nihilism before we can reveal the roots of his political involvement.

Even if it was for a short time, the question remains, however, why Heidegger embraced Nazism so

enthusiastically. de Beistegui asserts Heidegger's involvement was subordinated to a philosophical enterprise at retrieving power from the beginning. The revolution was to revive the origin, and politics was to become archaic; though this does not excuse Heidegger's commitment, it

questions what in his thought allowed for the failure to see reality.

It is precisely Heidegger's failure of thinking that constitutes one of the most decisive philosophical events of this century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415130639
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/1997
Series:
Thinking the Political Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Bordering on Politics

2 Archaic Politics

An Old Question

3 After Politics

Nihilisms

Overcoming Nihilism?

4 The Free Use of the National

The Poet of the Poets

The Poet of the Germans

5 Before Politics

The First Interpretation (1935) 120

The Second Interpretation (1942-3) 128

And Into Silence . . .

Three Concluding Questions

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