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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

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.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, banality, destining of beyng, forgetting of beyng, Heidegger, Jews, Theodor Lessing, Protocols, sacrifice, self-hatred

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