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.
Buy Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger's Being and Time by Johannes Fritsche from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication:
Book Reviews - Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger's Being and Time by Johannes Fritsche
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.