Heidegger was perfectly capable of investigating the provenance of anti-Semitism, but he did not. Instead he received his age’s prejudices, and put them to work in his thinking. Why did he not pursue such an investigation? Did he read Theodor Lessing’s book on Jewish self-hatred? Heidegger called for both the conquest and abandonment of self, a renunciation and a sacrifice. If he had investigated anti-Semitism he might have learned that this repudiation of self is the very structure of the latter. Instead he gives the anti-Semitic image of the Jew as destructive of the West a historial dimension in the forgetting of beyng.
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