Friday, March 14, 2014
In Prospect Jonathan Rée wonders if it's safe to read Heidegger.
It’s common knowledge that, as well as being a member of the Nazi party for many years, Heidegger was an anti-Semite. Not a violent one, but the sort of cultural anti-Semite (DH Lawrence, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound) often found in the 1920s and 30s, not only in Germany but throughout Europe and America. For good measure, I guess he was also a womaniser and a male chauvinist pig. The question is whether these facts are a reason for avoiding his works, or whether we can in fact read him without putting our political purity in danger.
On his blog Adam Kotsko gives one of the more balanced assessments of the situation.

And has anyone read Bourdieu's The Political Ontology of Heidegger? I've only just read the first 30 pages or so and he seems to provide a fairly sound overview for contextualizing Heidegger's views and terminology.
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