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In defence of Heidegger

You do not have to admire a philosopher personally to admire his work

By Jonathan Rée  

Martin Heidegger on March 14th 1959 © Flicker René Spitz

The German philosopher Martin Heidegger died nearly 40 years ago, but his work has never stopped making the headlines: not because of his ideas, but because of his association with Nazism. The latest stage of the controversy (well covered here and here by Jonathan Derbyshire) has been occasioned by prepublication hype for an edition of the Schwarzen Hefte, a 1000 page transcript of the little notebooks bound in black covers, in which he jotted down observations for…

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