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Nice guys finish last

Posted: April 4th, 2010, 6:12 am
by stilltrucking
Heidegger: A Philosopher and Nazi
All this would be of very limited interest had Heidegger not been a truly great philosopher. The list of Nazi louts is a long one, and the addition of one more name would hardly make much difference. But Heidegger was a great philosopher. And he was a Nazi.

All this became clear to me in the early fifties when I first began studying him. I decided to separate the man from the philosopher. He was an evil man, but a great philosopher.

Posted: April 4th, 2010, 11:20 am
by stilltrucking
Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.
Martin Heidegger
Four Lectures on Technology (1949)
What is peddled about nowadays as philosophy, especially that of N.S.(National Socialism), but has nothing to do with the inner truth and greatness of that movement [namely the encounter between global technology and modern humanity] is nothing but fishing in that troubled sea of values and totalities.
Introduction to Metaphysics (1953) — a publication of lectures of 1935.

Posted: May 8th, 2010, 7:04 pm
by still.trucking
What distinguishes Emmanuel Faye’s “Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy,” which was published to loud controversy in France in 2005, is that it takes these critiques of Heidegger to their logical extreme. Most readers would agree that Heidegger was a Nazi, and that this matters to his philosophy; it has remained for Faye to argue that Heidegger was a Nazi philosopher, which is to say that he was no philosopher at all, and that his books are positively dangerous to read. In fact, he comes very close, on the book’s last page, to saying that Heidegger’s collected works should be banned from libraries: “They are . . . as destructive and dangerous to current thought as the Nazi movement was to the physical existence of the exterminated peoples. . . . Hitlerism and Nazism will continue to germinate through Heidegger’s writings at the risk of spawning new attempts at the complete destruction of thought and the extermination of humankind.” ... t.html?hpw