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.”
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