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The Banality of Heidegger

Jean-Luc Nancy


Jean-Luc Nancy provides an analysis of the anti-Semitic aspects of Heidegger’s recently published Black Notebooks. Referring to Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil,” Nancy offers an analysis of the philosophical or “historial” anti-Semitism found in the Black Notebooks. He notes especially that this anti-Semitism is marked by the “banality” of ordinary anti-Semitism pervading Europe. He does this by linking Heidegger’s remarks to the well-known anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, whose terms are strikingly similar. Heidegger’s thought is also placed in the br ... More

Keywords: anti-Semitism, beginning, beyng, Black Notebooks, Christianity, decline, Heidegger, history of being, metaphysics, philosophy, Western culture

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275922
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Luc Nancy, author
Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

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