Heidegger'S Black Notebooks (eBook)
Responses To Anti-Semitism
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The 2014 publication of the first three volumes of Martin HeideggersBlack Notebooks, the philosophers private writings from the war years, sparked international controversy. While Heideggers engagement with National Socialism was well known, as were a handful of his private anti-Semitic comments, theBlack Notebooksshowed for the first time that this anti-Semitism was not merely a personal resentment.The notebooks contain not just anti-Semitic remarks but anti-Semitism deeply embedded in the language of his thought. In them, Heidegger tried to assign a philosophical significance to anti-Semitism, with the Jew or world Judaism cast as antagonist in his project.
How, then, are we to engage with a philosophy that, no matter how significant, seems contaminated by anti-Semitism? This book brings together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss the ramifications of theBlack Notebooks for philosophy and the humanities at large. Bettina Bergo, Robert Bernasconi, Martin Gessmann, Sander Gilman, Peter E. Gordon, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Michael Marder, Eduardo Mendieta, Richard Polt, Tom Rockmore, Peter Trawny, and Slavoj ´i¸ek discuss issues including anti-Semitism in theBlack Notebooksand Heideggers thought more broadly, such as German conceptions of Jews and Judaism, Heideggers notions of metaphysics, and anti-Semitisms entanglement with Heideggers views on modernity and technology, grappling with material as provocative as it is deplorable. In contrast to both those who seek to exonerate Heidegger and those who simply condemn him, and rather than an all-or-nothing view of Heideggers anti-Semitism, they urge careful reading and rereading of his work to turn Heideggerian thought against itself. These measured and thoughtful responses to one of the major scandals in the history of philosophy unflinchingly take up the tangled and contested legacy of Heideggerian thought.