Monday, December 08, 2014
In 3:AM, Richard Polt and Gregory Fried interview Thomas Sheehan.
What planet was Heidegger living on between 1933 and 1945? Yes, he was a philosopher, but that in no way exempted him from investigating the specific economic, social, and political roots of modernity. Instead, what we get from him is a top-down “philosophical” narrative about the West’s abiding ignorance of Ereignis, with its disastrous consequences, along with a Solzhenitsyn-like jeremiad against modernity and its intrusions on rural life. And all of this is topped off with the lovely thought that “only a god can save us.” Surely we can do better than that.
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