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New York

  • Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: A Conference

    At this two-day conference, international experts will examine the philosopher’s late and unambiguously pro-Nazi writings, which represent a point of no return for Heidegger scholarship. Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, recently published in Germany, were intended as the culmination of his 102-volume …

    At this two-day conference, international experts will examine the philosopher’s late and unambiguously pro-Nazi writings, which represent a point of no return for Heidegger scholarship.

    Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, recently published in Germany, were intended as the culmination of his 102-volume Collected Works. But what they also disturbingly reveal is Heidegger’s obsession with “World Jewry” in the most negative and cliché-ridden terms: as a pivotal source of cultural and social dissolution that must be eliminated in order to realize National Socialism’s “inner truth and greatness,” as Heidegger himself put it in 1935. How should one go about resolving the conundrum of a great thinker who remained entirely convinced that the Nazi regime, with its unbridled racism and exterminationist militarism, represented an adequate solution to the “decline of the West”?

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