Heidegger: His Life and His Philosophy

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

byAlain Badiou, Barbara CassinTranslated bySusan Spitzer

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Martin Heidegger was an ordinary Nazi and a loyal member of the provincial petty bourgeoisie. He was also a seminal thinker of the Continental tradition and one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. How are we to make sense of this dual life? Should we factor Heidegger's domestic and political associations into our understanding of his thought, or should we treat his intellectual work independently of his abhorrent politics? How does any thinker reconcile the mundane with the ideal or the pursuit of philosophical inquiry with the demands of civic engagement?

In Heidegger, Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin immerse themselves in the philosopher's correspondence with his wife Elfride to answer these questions as they relate to Heidegger and all thinkers vulnerable to the politics of their times. They focus on Heidegger's tormented relationship with his wife, with Hannah Arendt, and with numerous other women, bringing an unusual level of intimacy to his personal and intellectual worlds.

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Martin Heidegger was an ordinary Nazi and a loyal member of the provincial petty bourgeoisie. He was also a seminal thinker of the Continental tradition and one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. How are we to make sense of this dual life? Should we factor Heidegger's domestic and political associations into our u...

Alain Badiou is emeritus professor of philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.Barbara Cassin is a French linguist and philosopher and director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris.Kenneth Reinhard is associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Lo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231157967

ISBN - 13:9780231157964

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Kenneth Reinhard1. The Heidegger "Affair"2. About the Uses of the Word Jew3. About Nazism4. Planetary Prose in the German Provinces5. Heidegger's Women6. Maneuvering and Career7. Couples from France and Germany8. Linguistic TransfigurationNotesBibliographyIndex

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Valuable to students of Heidegger in particular and more generally to anyone interested in 20th-century German and French thought.