Three new pieces on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks

Three new pieces on Heidegger’s ‘Black Notebooks’ – Critical Theory; The Guardian; Jonathan Rée in Prospect. Given that these have now been published – at least, Klostermann have charged me for them, so I expect they are on their way – it will be good to start seeing discussions by people who have actually read them.

Update: this from Adam Kotsko is one of the more sensible assessments.

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3 Responses to Three new pieces on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks

  1. In my 1996 study, ‘Heidegger’s Hölderlin and John Cage’, published also in Italian in Rome in 2000, I pose several questions, including the following two:
    “Does the historical “matchlessness”(“Einzigartigkeit” Heidegger) of National Socialism consist in German being having destroyed itself in an orgy of self-annihilation? Was the attempted annihilation of the Jews the successful suicide of Germany, i.e. German being, as an independent historical magnitude?”
    “Is it not properly speaking the German spirit that dissolved in the smoke of the stacks of Auschwitz? Is the genocide of the Jews at the same time the suicide of the Germans historically?”
    Such questions concern not just Heidegger’s thinking, but the historical German Geist itself.

    In 1941 Heidegger notes in his Black Notebook: “World Jewry, stirred up by the emigrants let out of Germany, is everywhere intangible and, despite all its expansion of power, does not need to participate in military actions anywhere, whereas we are left with having to sacrifice the best blood of the best of our own people.” (my translation)

    In my view, such quotations are a reminder to read Heidegger critically, i.e. distinguishing (Gk. _krinein_) what is philosophically invaluable from what is worthless and even deeply repugnant.

  2. Peter Gratton says:

    Reblogged this on PHILOSOPHY IN A TIME OF ERROR and commented:
    Elden rounds up four new pieces on the Black Notebooks. (They are currently sold out, a word not often used in academic circles.)

  3. jmosborn says:

    I would just like to make you and your readers aware of an extended piece I’ve written in response to recent news articles about the notebooks. It’s an exposition of the 1949/1953 lectures on technology in which I attempt to add context to some of the more hyperbolic claims being thrown in the media. For some it appears that the publishing of the notebooks has served as an opportunity to repeat unsupported claims about Heidegger’s views on technology, fascism, the Holocaust, etc., and I wanted to make sure there was a resource available to provide more context to exactly those issues vis-a-vis the “event” of the notebooks.

    I hope people find it to be an accessible and well-researched contribution to the debate.

    Framing Heidegger: Technology and the Notebooks



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