The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger

Paperback | November 15, 2016

byRichard Wolin

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Martin Heidegger's ties to Nazism have tarnished his stature as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century philosophy. The publication of the Black Notebooks in 2014, which revealed the full extent of Heidegger's anti-Semitism and enduring sympathy for National Socialism, only inflamed the controversy. Richard Wolin's The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger has played a seminal role in the international debate over the consequences of Heidegger's Nazism. In this edition, the author provides a new preface addressing the effect of the Black Notebooks on our understanding of the relationship between politics and philosophy in Heidegger's work. Building on his pathbreaking interpretation of the philosopher's political thought, Wolin demonstrates that philosophy and politics cannot be disentangled in Heidegger's oeuvre. Völkisch ideological themes suffuse even his most sublime philosophical treatises. Therefore, despite Heidegger's profundity as a thinker, his critique of civilization is saturated with disturbing anti-democratic and anti-Semitic leitmotifs and claims.

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Martin Heidegger's ties to Nazism have tarnished his stature as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century philosophy. The publication of the Black Notebooks in 2014, which revealed the full extent of Heidegger's anti-Semitism and enduring sympathy for National Socialism, only inflamed the controversy. Richard Wolin's The Politi...

Richard Wolin is distinguished professor of political science, history, and comparative literature at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. His books include Heidegger's Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, Herbert Marcuse (2001), Karl Löwith's Martin Heidegger and European Nihilism (1995), and The Heide...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231179332

ISBN - 13:9780231179331

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Preface to the 2016 EditionPreface1. Heidegger and Politics2. Being and Time as Political Philosophy3. "To Lead the Leader": Philosophy in the Service of National Socialism4. "The Inner Truth and Greatness of National Socialism"5. Technology, Antihumanism, and the Eclipse of Practical ReasonNotesBibliographyIndex

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