In the NYTimes Jennifer Schuessler reports
on the black notebooks brouhaha, with picture, and comments from people that have actually read Heidegger.
Some scholars ask why, given Heidegger’s postwar efforts to minimize his enthusiasm for Nazism, he didn’t just destroy the notebooks from the 1930s. Was publishing them as the capstone to his complete works an effort to come clean — or to have the last laugh?
Mr. Trawny suggests Heidegger may have wanted to show how a great philosopher “can go astray.” But either way, he said, it is no longer possible to deny the anti-Semitic dimension of at least some of his thought.