Monday, September 29, 2014

Abbey @ Drakes speculates. I read this out loud to the Significant Other (creative writing degree).
I’m not saying that I’ll get a job because I’ve studied the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, but I am saying the skills I used to read, understand, and discuss Heidegger should serve me well in whatever my future endeavors are.
S.O.: "Tell her to take some engineering classes."
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I picked up the October 9 New York Review of Books downtown yesterday. In it, Peter E. Gordon reviews the black notebooks. It's not available on their web site. Sadly, the review only addresses the same passages about Jewery that have already been presented in other articles. Surprisingly, it focuses in on the "notorious postwar remark" comparing the death camps to "the motorized food industry", from the Bremen lectures, citing references from the 1980s about deleted passages, and how these demonstrate both the "banal prejudices of a provincial childhood" and is, at the same time, "prone to the most lamentable abstraction". Since then, the complete text of the lectures has been published (1994) and translated (2012), so we can read the lecture itself, rather than depending solely on other's reports. In context, Heidegger's remark is about the Nazis' requisition of supplies and conscription of labor, under which everything was considered primarily as the ordering of resources. There was a Nova PBS show that made a similar point. In 1995, "Nazi Designers of Death", described how the Nazi requisitioned an agricultural firm that had fabricated crematoria for cattle culls, and ordered them redesigned for Birkenau. For the engineers at the firms, it was just another job whose requirements challenged forth technological design. Perhaps we need abstraction to understand such forms of rational reasoning.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: A Conference – Film Screening & Discussion

With Richard Wolin, Jeffrey Van Davis, Emmanuel Faye, Karsten Harries, and Thomas Sheehan.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New pic on Corbis Images: Ulrich von Buelow presents Heidegger's Black Notebooks.
The German Literature Archive Marbach is in charge of Heidegger's estate.
Interesting. Last I had heard, the family was in control.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Taylor Carman lectures on what Heidegger means by representation.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
In Full Stop, Tyler Malone interviews Simon Critchley. He's got a new book on Bowie.
Anxiety for Heidegger is the mood that first reveals the self. It’s the mood where the self is first precipitated, precipitated against the world. The world as it were drops away, slips away. What’s revealed is me, but not me as some substance, rather me as a nothing — a me that is a kind of mood of anxiety or boredom or a bundle of neurons or whatever it might be. That’s the zone that music speaks to. That’s the claim I’d like to make, as strange as it seems.
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Media with Conscience on Seinsvergessenheit.
In practice, we have replaced authenticity with detachment, alienation and mimicry. Instead of celebrating Being in the most existential manner we learned to pre-mediate what being a ‘woman’, ‘Jew’, ‘black’, ‘gay’ should sound like. We learned to envisage what our identification ‘may entail’ and to react as our identification demands. What I describe above is the practical result of the ‘forgetfulness of Being,’ a term coined by the great German philosopher Martin Heidegger.
Friday, September 19, 2014

Lesley Chamberlain on Anselm Kiefer.
Kiefer’s fascination is with the way materiality deteriorates. A Heideggerian-Borgesian masterwork is his installation of lead books on lead shelves, which shows them falling out of their bindings, slumping in disorder. Perhaps this work takes literally Derrida’s assertion that the Logos, the Word of God and of Truth, that used to guide Western civilization, has collapsed.
For when Ereignis is not sufficient.

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