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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

For Heidegger in the Black Notebooks, the West is bringing itself to an end, in oblivion, decline, and devastation. This end is understood ontologically also as the possibility of a beginning, an end that “comes about” both from within and from without. This thinking of a coming devastation of the world has an anti-Semitic motif inscribed within it, insofar as the Jewish people are the driving force of decline and groundlessness. For the end/beginning to come about, the Jewish people must suppress itself, must exclude itself. One finds a similar argument already in Kant, who speaks of the “euthanasia of Judaism.”

Keywords:   anti-Semitic, beyng, calculation, Gestalt, the gigantic, groundlessness, Heidegger, Jewish people, Kant, ontology, rationality

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