Though Heidegger is aware of and acknowledges the legitimacy of purely philosophical issues (in his references to canonic authors, traditional problems, and respect for academic taboos), Bourdieu points out the complexity and abstraction of Heidegger's philosophical discourse stems from its situation in the cultural field, where two social and intellectual dimensions--political thought and academic thought--intersect.
Bourdieu concludes by suggesting that Heidegger should not be considered as a Nazi ideologist, that there is no place in Heidegger's philosophical ideas for a racist conception of the human being. Rather, he sees Heidegger's thought as a structural equivalent in the field of philosophy of the "conservative revolution," of which Nazism is but one manifestation.
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About the Author
Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Skewed thinking.
1. Pure philosophy and the Zeitgeist. .
2. The philosophical field and the space of possibilities.
3. A 'conservative revolution' in philosophy.
4. Censorship and the imposition of form.
5. Internal readings and the respect of form.
6. Self-interpretation and the evolution of the system.