Gaëtan Pégny writes
to the The Chronicle of Higher Education
about Heidegger's anti-semitism, in more detail than any journaist who has stumbled through the terrain of the latest scandale
One can, however, agree with your article on one point: It is useless to start a debate on the Black Notebooks as long as they are not yet fully available to everyone. But that does not mean to ignore the existing documents, even though, as we know, the reliability of Heidegger’s official Gesamtausgabe is a special issue.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article
on the Black Notebooks.
Was an apolitical Black Forest professor simply led astray by Hitler for a few years? Or are racist categories at the core of his philosophical convictions? Why didn’t Heidegger in the postwar decades ever once express shock, sadness, or remorse about the murder of Europe’s Jewry?
No, Heidegger led himself astray. Heidegger's anti-cosmopolitanism is rooted in his own circumstances. Had he been born in New York, he would have had a different set of prejudices.
The core of his philosophical thinking (convictions?) is Aristotle. One only has to read Heidegger to know this. For an example of racist categories in philosophy see Kant.
Almost no one in Germany expressed remorse for what happened. See Fassbinder's films about the period. My understanding from reading what's available is that Heidegger had to promote his philosophical insights, to keep them from being misrepresented (e.g., by Sartre). For him to discuss anything else, especially his own biography, would have been a distraction, he thought.
Many of America's philosophy departments were gutted in the McCarthy era, and simply didn't have anyone competent to interpret Heidegger ("What? Learn German and Greek? When I can simply do logic, and still get tenure? Fergeddaboutit!"). Consequently, today, philosophy professor that don't know Aristotle, must continue to justify why one shouldn't read Heidegger, being unable to understand him themselves.
In NDPR, Kathleen Wright reviews
Dennis J. Schmidt's Between Word and Image: Heidegger, Klee, and Gadamer on Gesture and Genesis
The existence of a significant but unpublished work by Heidegger on Klee had long been rumored ever since Petzet reported that Heidegger spoke enthusiastically after attending an exhibition of eighty-eight paintings by Klee in Basle in 1956 about writing a second part on modern art for "The Origin of the Work of Art," an essay written in 1935. The examples that Heidegger had considered in 1935 were all works of art of the past, such as the Greek temples at Paestum and van Gogh's "A Pair of Peasant Shoes." In 1956, Heidegger confronted something new in the paintings by Klee. As he wrote to his friend, Petzet, in 1959, "Something which we all have not yet even glimpsed has come forward in [Klee's works]." However, Heidegger never published anything on Klee during his lifetime.
I saw the Klee exhibit at the Tate in December, and recommend it, if you're around.
has a story
on ReD Associates.
To bring this form of problem-solving to the General Electrics (GE) and Lululemons (LULU) of the world, Madsbjerg and Rasmussen built a consulting firm, Red Associates, around the Monty Python-like idea that corporate leaders need to channel their inner Heidegger.
Channel yours with The Atlantic
's story on the firm, last year. Or surf on to ReD's Taylor Carman podcasts