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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

Between the writing of this book and its publication, many things have been said about Heidegger’s Black Notebooks. Attempts at separating their author from the infamy of anti-Semitism only reinforce the necessary denunciation of both. But what is at stake in the fact that Heidegger cannot simply be struck from our history. Neither the Nazi enterprise of crude domination, nor the thought that attempted to exceed it in the direction of a “new beginning,” arose out of nothing. It arose out of our history, and it happened [arrivé] to it; and if it did so this is in part because the thought of happening, of arrival, remains attached to the desire for foundation, for inauguration, and for schematic programming. This thought goes beyond Heidegger and reaches into many domains. In anti-Semitism, there is a hatred for what withdraws itself from auto-foundation. This hatred takes up from Christian doctrine the repudiation of the latter’s Jewish provenance, its provenance in errancy and wandering. History is not confined to being the destiny the forgetting of being, but has no doubt long since escaped this destiny as it continues to wander and err.

Keywords:   auto-foundation, Black Notebooks, denunciation, destiny, Heidegger, metaphysics of being, rebeginning

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