Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks, 1931-1941

Author(s): Ingo Farin; Jeff Malpas; Steven Crowell; Fred R. Dallmayr; Gregory Fried

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Heidegger scholars consider the philosopher's recently published notebooks, including the issues of Heidegger's Nazism and anti-Semitism.

For more than forty years, the philosopher Martin Heidegger logged ideas and opinions in a series of notebooks, known as the "Black Notebooks" after the black oilcloth booklets into which he first transcribed his thoughts. In 2014, the notebooks from 1931 to 1941 were published, sparking immediate controversy. It has long been acknowledged that Heidegger was an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazi Party in the early 1930s. But the notebooks contain a number of anti-Semitic passages--often referring to the stereotype of "World-Jewry"--written even after Heidegger became disenchanted with the Nazis themselves. Reactions from the scholarly community have ranged from dismissal of the significance of these passages to claims that the anti-Semitism in them contaminates all of Heidegger's work. This volume offers the first collection of responses by Heidegger scholars to the publication of the notebooks. In essays commissioned especially for the book, the contributors offer a wide range of views, addressing not only the issues of anti-Semitism and Nazism but also the broader questions that the notebooks raise.

Babette Babich, Andrew Bowie, Steven Crowell, Fred Dallmayr, Donatella Di Cesare, Michael Fagenblat, Ingo Farin, Gregory Fried, Jean Grondin, Karsten Harries, Laurence Paul Hemming, Jeff Malpas, Thomas Rohkr mer, Tracy B. Strong, Peter Trawny, Daniela Vallega-Neu, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Nancy A. Weston, Holger Zaborowski


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Martin Heidegger is a name you always hear in a room full of philosophers, but isn’t as popularly recognised as some of his classical peers. In spite of this, Heidegger is known for speaking on and popularising a number of the most quintessential philosophical fields of thought, such as existentialism, hermeneutics and phenomenology. He is a complex thinker, and this collection of his recently published notebooks is definitely not for beginners, but certainly could be for anyone up for a challenge. 

These notebook extracts include a number of issues quite centric to Heidegger's body of work, such as Nazism, anti-Semitism and more. - Taylor, The Book Grocer. 

General Fields

  • : 9780262535151
  • : MIT Press
  • : MIT Press
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ingo Farin; Jeff Malpas; Steven Crowell; Fred R. Dallmayr; Gregory Fried
  • : Paperback
  • : 376