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Description - Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger's Being and Time by Johannes Fritsche

There has been much debate over the relationship of Heidegger's philosophy - in particular his book "Being and Time" - to his practical involvement with National Socialism. This text addresses the question through a comparison of "Being and Time" with other texts on history and politics written at the time. It provides an interpretation of the relevant passages in "Being and Time" - especially sections 72-77 on fate, community, and society. It analyzes for comparison two other authors who explicitly regarded themselves as rightists - Adolf Hitler ("Mein Kampf") and Max Scheler ("Formalism in Ethics" and other writings) - and two authors on the left - Georg Lukacs ("History and Class Consiousness") and Paul Tillich ("The Socialist Decision"). The text concludes that "Being and Time" is a brilliant summary of right-wing politics in general, which proposes the destruction of liberal society in order to regenerate an idealized community. In addition, Heidegger rejects positions on the right, such as Scheler's, that enabled their authors to distance themselves from the most extreme political rightists, and thus he paves the way for National Socialism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520210028
ISBN-10: 0520210026
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 375
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Johannes Fritsche

Johannes Fritsche, who received his Ph.D. and taught philosophy in Berlin, also taught at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York.