Monday, December 21, 2015

Red Baron on Freiburg's engagement with Heidegger today.
Professor emeritus Rainer Marten, a panel member and Heidegger scholar gave an introductory lecture accusing his teacher of Menschenverachtung (contempt for humans). Heidegger's philosophy addresses the Being and not human beings. It defies humaneness: Dem Leben des Menschen wird man nicht gerecht, wenn man das Leben als höchstes Gut ansieht (One does no justice to human life if one regards life as being the highest asset. Phrases like this are disturbing. Already in 1946 Hannah Arendt had accused Heidegger of destroying the presence of humanity in every human being (die Anwesenheit der Menschheit in jedem Menschen zu vernichten).
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