Friday, February 26, 2016
In Phenomenological Reviews, Donovan Irven reviews David Farrell Krell's Ecstasy, Catastrophe: Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks.
It is easy to condemn Heidegger, the Nazi and anti-Semite. He is dead, cannot defend himself, his thoughtlessness and inability to self-criticize are in themselves contemptible, and made all the more so by his continual demands that we all need to be more earnestly thoughtful. Hypocrisy does not begin to describe this behavior. But we must not use the condemnation of Heidegger as an opportunity to pat ourselves on the back for being ever-so enlightened while at the same time refusing to look in the mirror and take stock of our own damning failures.
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