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Heidegger's Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Lowith, Hans Jonas, and Herbert Marcuse

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Martin Heidegger is perhaps the twentieth century's greatest philosopher, and his work stimulated much that is original and compelling in modern thought. A seductive classroom presence, he attracted Germany's brightest young intellects during the 1920s. Many were Jews, who ultimately would have to reconcile their philosophical and, often, personal commitments to Heidegger with his nefarious political views. In 1933, Heidegger cast his lot with National Socialism. He squelched the careers of Jewish students and denounced fellow professors whom he considered insufficiently radical. He signed letters and opened lectures with "Heil Hitler!" and paid dues to the Nazi party. Equally problematic for his former students were his sordid efforts to make existential thought serviceable to Nazi ends and his failure to ever renounce these actions. This book explores how four of Heidegger's most influential Jewish students came to grips with his Nazi association and how it affected their thinking.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface xi PROLOGUE: "Todesfuge" and "Todtnauberg" 1 ONE: Introduction: Philosophy and Family Romance 5 TWO: The German-Jewish Dialogue: Way Stations of Misrecognition 21 THREE: Hannah Arendt: Kultur, "Thoughtlessness," and Polis Envy 30 FOUR: Karl Lowith: The Stoic Response to Modern Nihilism 70 FIVE: Hans Jonas: The Philosopher of Life 101 SIX: Herbert Marcuse: From Existential Marxism to Left Heideggerianism 134 SEVEN: Arbeit Macht Frei: Heidegger As Philosopher of the German "Way" 173 EXCURSUS: Being and Time: A Failed Masterpeice? 203 Conclusion 233 Notes 239 Index 271

Portrait

Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of "The Politics of Being, The Heidegger Controversy", and "The Terms of Cultural Criticism", and he served as academic consultant for the BBC documentary Heidegger: "Design for Living". He is a frequent contributor to the "New Republic" and "Dissent".

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"A provocative and erudite study of the affinities between Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger and his Jewish philosophy students... [Wolin] provide[s] insightful portraits of the intellectual evolution of some of the last century's most ambitious political and social thinkers... His case against Heidegger's children ... sets a clear standard for those who wish to adopt an informed but cautious stance toward Heidegger's immense influence."--James Ryerson, New York Times Book Review "Anyone tempted to introduce Heidegger into the conversation should read this fascinating study."--Lesley Chamberlain, The Independent "This is a most thought-provoking and illuminating look at Heidegger's legacy... Wolin's thesis grasps the profound and pervasive connection between Heidegger's thinking and the Holocaust itself. Wolin's reading of Hans Jonas's later work is highly original and path-breaking, as is his remarkable reconstruction of the significance of L?with's work."--Choice "Heidegger's Children presents an articulate and convincing account of the moral and political weaknesses of Heidegger's philosophy as well as highly informative studies of his influence on four of the twentieth century's most important philosophers."--Brian J. Fox, Review of Metaphysics "The Heidegger Myth, a monolith carefully sculpted by Heidegger and his devotees, continues to fracture. The Myth: Heidegger's Nazism was a brief, anomalous, flirtatious lapse with no intrinsic connection to his philosophy... Wolin's book contributes to understanding Heidegger's influence on his students but even more to our appreciation of the fissures in the Heidegger Myth."--John P. Burke, Philosophy in Review "An articulate and convincing account of the moral and political weaknesses of Heidegger's philosophy as well as highly informative studies of his influence on four of the twentieth century's most important philosophers."--Brian J. Fox, Review of Metaphysics
EAN: 9780691114798
ISBN: 069111479X
Untertitel: 'Hannah Arendt, Karl Lowith, Ha'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: PRINCETON UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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