Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heidegger Addressing his University in 1933

Here is Heidegger addressing his university as its rector.
This was in 1933.
Lots of people would have been waiting for his view.
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Heidegger's metaphors

It is a political speech delivered in everyday language and much easier to read than his written work, and so there appears in broad daylight what made his philosophy so successful. It is his insidious, brilliant ease in the use of metaphor, as if he were just another Rilke. His metaphors are like sharp summaries obliging the reader to stop and think.


"The beginning has invaded our future........"

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Heidegger's sentimentalism

Besides that, there is his sentimentalism. If you cannot see it, you have already fallen for it. It isn't a trap, though, for it is everywhere and turns his writing into a swamp.

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The quotes are from the beginning of a PDF freely available at
 https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/www/330T/350kPEEHeideggerSelf-Assertion.pdf

Below is a copy of that beginning:




















I read a little further than that to find the metaphor quoted  plus this reference to Nietzsche:







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Heidegger was a Nazi, but not a racist. At least in 1933 his prestige was big enough to allow him to discreetly stay away from that other orgy.

However, the ugly fact, which won't go away, is that in 30 years after the war he never even tried to face the disaster and to explain, no matter how tentatively, why Dachau "came into being".

Heidegger lived until 1976, and as far as I know there wasn't a single analytical word to be heard from him in all that time on that question which won't go away either.
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Photo by Muesse at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heideggerrundweg0009.JPG under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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