Before Christmas, I blogged about the impending publication of the latest volume of the Gesamtausgabe, the complete works of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). The revelation that the Schwarzen Hefte (Black Notebooks), due to be published in Germany in March, contained explicitly anti-semitic remarks revived interest in the question of the nature and extent of Heidegger’s flirtation with National Socialism in the 1930s (particularly when he was rector of Freiburg University, under the aegis of the Nazi minister of education). The reaction to this news was especially anguished in France, where, as I pointed out, for complex historical reasons, “the murky subject of Heidegger’s political affiliations convulses the intellectual class roughly once a decade”.
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