Jean-Luc Nancy and Jeff Fort

in The Banality of Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780823275922
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780823277056 | DOI:

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Heidegger’s discourse in the Black Notebooks is banal in the sense of Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.” This discourse absorbed the doxa of anti-Semitism circulating in Europe from 1920–1940. Heidegger thus transfers the banality of anti-Semitism into philosophical thinking.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Hannah Arendt; banality of evil; Black Notebooks; Eichmann; Heidegger

Chapter.  900 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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