Second English volume of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks forthcoming


Martin Heidegger, Ponderings VII–XI: Black Notebooks 1938–1939, translated by Richard Rojcewicz, forthcoming in early 2017. Thanks to Chathan Vemuri for the tip.

Through these broad and sprawling notebooks, Heidegger offers fascinating opinions on Holderlin, Nietzsche, Wagner, Wittgenstein, Pascal, and many others. The importance of Black Notebooks transcends Heidegger’s relationship with National Socialism. These personal notebooks contain reflections on technology, art, Christianity, the history of philosophy, and Heidegger’s attempt to move beyond that history into another beginning.

By the way, whoever came up with the dreadful ‘ponderings’ as the title? As Richard Polt noted in his review of the first English volume:

The word Überlegungen refers to trains of thought that contemplate practical or theoretical problems; it has dignified and quite unfunny connotations, like the English ‘considerations’ or ‘deliberations’. In contrast, the label Ponderings cannot fail to provoke chuckles. Heidegger’s ruminations may well be ponderous and pompous, but the reader should not be pushed toward that conclusion by a title that seems as tin-eared as the misbegotten term “enowning” that was foisted on us by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly in their 1999 translation of Contributions to Philosophy.

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