Heidegger’s thought, insofar as it is organized in the 1930s and 1940s by the motif of the beginning and the historial in its uniqueness, had recourse to anti-Semitism in ways that betray its share in the self-detestation that profoundly characterizes the West. While being in Heidegger arguably exceeds any thinking of a self, in the Black Notebooks he turns it into a kind of Self that is the enemy of every Other, and in turn he conceals this in his published texts. His fixation on a unitary schema of historiality played a part in his refusal to acknowledge the singularity of the extermination of the Jews. The an-archic quality of Derrida’s notion of destinerrance shows that Heidegger’s thinking also points in a different, non-unique form of destining. But Heidegger rather gave in to a rage for the initial and the archi-, though he was equipped to see this trap for what it was. An age-old hatred of self, a rancor of the West against itself, occluded this knowledge.
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