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Heidegger, Being Human, and Antisemitism

Can Martin Heidegger’s Nazism and antisemitism be separated out from his philosophical project?

Published on: May 3, 2014
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  • Fat_Man

    It won’t do to try to absolve Heidegger, or any other European “philosopher” who has written since the French revolution. They have been on a toboggan ride to hell. They have whored after murderous thugs like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Fidel. They have strewn rose petals in the paths of tyrants.

    Distinctions such as communist, fascist, left, and right are all meaningless. They have all denigrated human dignity, rationality, the fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of Man. Heidegger, Nietzsche, Sartre, Arendt, are all guilty, they all deserve the obscurity of forgetfulness.

    Don’t say one of them is less bad than another. They were all complicit. They are all guilty. They all must be condemned.

    For all of you people trying to defend various intellectual miscreants like Nietzsche and Heidegger give up. We are on to you and to them. Don’t try to justify them or yourselves. They will always be what they were, and you make yourselves look delusional.

  • Anthony

    Martin Heidegger, hmmmm…. First, two beginnings is itself false premise; his contribution to West and Germany per se are not disputable. Critiquing his philosophical rendering cannot exempt antisemitic attitudes nor whitewash their influencing (though one must acknowledge both era and context) his thoughts if applied existentially (aren’t Jews human). It requires the sifter to believe Martin Heidegger in his philosophical musings operated beyond human condition of subjectivity (supremely objective in his musing no contamination). That would be quite a phenomenon to infer – to revere his writings and make them antiseptic for universal consumption. I think therefore I am (Descartes -cogito ergo sum); the “being historical construction” is no different from aforementioned. Martin Heidegger philosophy (in parts) responds to “who we are” his antisemitism bespeaks a character flaw which must condition any explication.

  • charris208

    It is thus all the more surprising and shocking that Heidegger was an unapologetic Nazi and an antisemite.

    I expect he was captured by it’s spiritual dimension, an aspect noted at the time but seldom mentioned these days. Like Nietzsche, Heidegger seem to be an unsatisfied man seeking his lost soul.

    • Fat_Man

      “Heidegger seem to be an unsatisfied man seeking his lost soul.”

      Did anybody tell him to look for it Auschwitz?

    • Curious Mayhem

      Heidegger was a second-rate knockoff of Nietzsche and other early existentialists. He played mindgames with words and confused philology with metaphysics.

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