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Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935
     

Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935

by Emmanuel Faye, Michael B Smith (Translator), Tom Rockmore (Foreword by)
 

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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In this provocative book, Faye uses excerpts from unpublished seminars to show that Heidegger’s philosophical writings are

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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In this provocative book, Faye uses excerpts from unpublished seminars to show that Heidegger’s philosophical writings are fatally compromised by an adherence to National Socialist ideas.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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Library Journal
Faye (philosophy, Univ. Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Défense) provides a well-argued and accessible case—first published in France in 2005—for holding Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) morally responsible for inculcating mid-20th-century European intellectual reason with a virulent strain of fascist irrationality. This fascistic embrace flourished most during 1933–35, and Faye shows how, in spite of stepping down as rector from his university, Heidegger continued to wield and even build popular influence during this era. Relying on a careful reading of the unpublished seminars and the available "complete" works Heidegger's supporters have brought to market, as well as a sound and thorough understanding of the political intricacies of the war period and postwar intellectual allegiances, Faye provides other scholars and general, informed readers with insights on how a reputation was built, the damage it did to others, and how to see it more clearly in our own period. VERDICT This first French study to make such an argument based on an examination of all of Heidegger's work is vastly important to world philosophy. With accessible writing, this is wonderfully recommended for all readers interested in 20th-century continental philosophy.—Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax P.L., N.S.
ForeWord Magazine

Bronze medal winner of the 2009 Book of the Year Award in the Philosophy category, presented by ForeWord magazine

— Book of the Year Award

Elie Wiesel

“Is it possible for a great philosopher to become a devoted Nazi? In his absorbing and challenging study Emmanuel Faye grasps the complexity of Martin Heidegger the man and the magnitude of his achievement."—Elie Wiesel

Richard Wolin

“Faye’s reading of Heidegger’s philosophy is quite simply transformative. Through a meticulous perusal of new sources—letters, heretofore unpublished seminars and lecture courses—he demonstrates that, during the 1920s and 1930s, right-wing ideological concerns were absolutely central to Heidegger’s Existenzphilosophie. Upon completing Faye’s study, it will be impossible to read Heidegger again naively, i.e., in a narrowly text-immanent manner.” — Richard Wolin, author of Heidegger’s Children and Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Robert E. Norton

"Emmanuel Faye incontestably shows that Heidegger’s Nazism was not fleeting, casual or accidental, but central to his philosophical enterprise. Faye’s book challenges us to draw the ethical consequences from this fact." — Robert E. Norton, University of Notre Dame

Robin Celikates

“The book is not a pamphlet but the outcome of several years of extensive and serious research. […] Faye has unquestionably succeeded in collecting and laying out for the reader the documents of Heidegger’s deep involvement with National Socialism.”—Robin Celikates, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences

Herman Philipse

"All scholars and admirers of Martin Heidegger’s œuvre should read the voluminous book on Heidegger’s infusion of Nazism into philosophy published by Emmanuel Faye. Having studied this tome, even French Heideggerians will no longer be able to deny the embarrassing depth and persistence of Heidegger’s philosophical involvment with Hitler’s National Socialism."—Herman Philipse, Dialogue, Canadian Philosophical Review

ForeWord Magazine - Book of the Year Award

Bronze medal winner of the 2009 Book of the Year Award in the Philosophy category, presented by ForeWord magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300172072
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Faye is associate professor at the University Paris Ouest–Nanterre La Défense and an authority on Descartes. Michael B. Smith is professor emeritus of French and philosophy at Berry College and the translator of numerous philosophical works into English.

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