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Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935 Hardcover – November 24, 2009
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Because anything touching politically controversial figures raises suspicions of one's own particular partisanship, let me provide some context by stating in rough outline my own positions. First, I'm extremely liberal politically, very, very far to the left. I consider today's Democratic party a moderate right part (as opposed to the Republicans, who have devolved into a radical right party) and I lament that there is no viable left in America today. I took a graduate seminar on Heidegger and read him in other grad school classes, but my philosophical preferences, despite specializing on Kierkegaard in my proposed but uncompleted doctoral dissertation, leaned strongly in the direction of Wittgenstein and Gilbert Ryle and J. L. Austin. So Heidegger represents neither my philosophical nor political ideal.
And I have no trouble whatsoever about viewing Heidegger as a Nazi. I will confess that this book reshaped my views about Heidegger and Nazism. Prior to the book I believed that Heidegger had backed away from the Nazis after ending his rectorship and that he had been rather tepid afterwards.Read more ›
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It is more than a little frustrating that a book as badly flawed as Emmanuel Faye's Heidegger: The introduction of Nazism into Philosophy will probably be unavoidable for future Heidegger scholars. It is a chimerical hybrid of three very different books, two of which are seriously marred by their entanglement with the third. 1) A study of the lectures Heidegger presented at Freiburg from 1933-35, immediately after he resigned from the rectorship 2) A study of Heidegger's immediate predecessors and contemporaries, and how they influenced and were influenced by him. These two "books" contain important information, not easily available anywhere else, about Heidegger's relationship to various odious intellectual trends which were linked with Nazism. This information should not be dismissed or ignored by anyone who is interested in evaluating the truth of Heidegger's vision, and for far too long it has been. Unfortunately this information is organized into 3) a paranoid tangle of very bad arguments claiming that A)Heidegger is nothing more or less than a Nazi apologist, and that consequently, B) the only way we can protect ourselves from a Nazi revival is to expunge all of Heidegger's greatest insights from modern academia and return to a reactionary neo-Cartesianian.
Faye has undeniably discovered some ideas in Heidegger's 1933-35 lectures which appear to be genuinely dangerous and stupid, at least initially. Some of those ideas can be explained away by two interpretations that are far more charitable than Faye's.Read more ›
Faye's book is laughable, but not unimportant. It is a warning of what happens when advocacy overruns scholarship. When scholars have personal axes to grind, scholarship loses its head, i.e. its rationality. In this age of activism and advocacy, Faye's book is a sharp reminder that scholarship without at least an attempt at objectivity and justice to our subject matter leaves us with only the mangled corpse of scholarship. Faye's book is important - and worth reading - as a warning of what advocacy scholarship can degenerate into. Every scholar should have a copy on his desk as a perpetual warning: Don't ever do this!
Secondly, the book is a also a useful reminder in our politically correct age that great talents are not always nice people.Read more ›
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While books on Heidegger are very numerous, specific studies of racialism and other Nazi teachings, from a philosophical point of view, are rare (but see George Mosse). Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by T. Kuch
This author waited until 2005 to take up the gauntlet to prove that the much admired philosopher, Martin Heidegger, was not just a Hitler tool and academic functionary, but... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Herbert L Calhoun
In this book, the author Faye convincingly argues that Heidegger's ideas and terminology came from the world of faux post-Kantian German metaphysics inhabited by the likes of Claus... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Joshua Glazer
The first problem with Heidegger is that he is extremely difficult to understand, unless you do not have a deep knowledge of philosophy. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Clauser1960
Emmanuel Faye has here treaded familiar ground, albeit in a more direct and honest way than many others who have performed hatchet jobs on Heideggerian philosophy. Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by John Mountfort
_Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy_ (2009, Yale) by philosopher Emmanuel Faye is a book which attempts to take seriously the question of the support for the... Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by New Age of Barbarism
I am well into the book but have not finished it. I won't reiterate what others have said, but this is indeed a book that argues to its conclusions. This isn't to sanitize Marty. Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by o dubhthaigh
Was Heidegger's Nazism just brief or the key to his life? In this careful study of Heidegger's published and unpublished works, Emmanuel Faye, associate professor at the University... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by William Podmore