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 anti-Semitism is “historial” because it attributes to the Jewish people a task that is both world-historical and philosophically significant, having to do with the uprooting of beings. Why, according to Heidegger’s logic, must this be attributed to the Jews, since the process described involves multiple agents? Because the Jews are the racialized people that brings about a “deracialization” of humanity, a levelling and equivalence in indifference. This process can be compared by analogy with Marx’s analysis of money as the general equivalent, and of the proletariat as the agent and figure of revolution. For Heidegger, the new beginning of humanity requires a figure, a type, embodied in a people capable of hastening the end. For every singular beginning requires a people, as does every end.

Keywords: being; Dasein; deracialization; general equivalent; Heidegger; historial anti-Semitism; Jewish people; Marx; proletariat

Chapter.  924 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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