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The Banality of Heidegger$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275922

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.001.0001

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The Banality of Heidegger

Jean-Luc Nancy

Jeff Fort

Fordham University Press

In the Black Notebooks, Heidegger evokes the Jews and “world Jewry” as the agents of a radical uprooting of the world on a world-historical or “historial” scale. This view reveals in Heidegger a historial anti-Semitism that attributes to the Jews the world-historical role of uprooting being. While this view shares common ground with banal anti-Semitism, Heidegger’s absorption of it shows that it is inscribed within a larger malaise in Western Culture, and in philosophy itself. Heidegger’s anti-Semitism must be distinguished in many respects from that of the Nazis, as the Black Notebooks also show, but his “archi-fascism” does not mean that Heidegger can be banished from philosophy, rather it only deepens the problem concerning the relationship between western thought and anti-Semitism.

Keywords:   archi-fascism, Black Notebooks, Heidegger, historial anti-semitism, Jewish people, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Nazism, Peter Trawny, uprooting of world, world Jewry

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