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 thought begins with a questioning of being, of the difference between being and beings. He intends this thinking of being to provide a new beginning of ontology, or something other than an ontology. This thinking need not have any connection with anti-Semitism, and yet in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks anti-Semitism is invoked within the thinking of being. This is because Heidegger thinks being in terms of a history of peoples. Russians, English, French, Italian, Americans, Japanese, but especially Germans and Greeks, all make their appearance in the Black Notebooks. Heidegger understands the new beginning of the thinking of being as one that must be brought about by a people.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; being; Black Notebooks; fundamental ontology; German people; Heidegger; new beginning; metaphysics; Russianness; technics

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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