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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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823275922.003.0005
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For Heidegger in the Black Notebooks, the West is bringing itself to an end, in oblivion, decline, and devastation. This end is understood ontologically also as the possibility of a beginning, an end that “comes about” both from within and from without. This thinking of a coming devastation of the world has an anti-Semitic motif inscribed within it, insofar as the Jewish people are the driving force of decline and groundlessness. For the end/beginning to come about, the Jewish people must suppress itself, must exclude itself. One finds a similar argument already in Kant, who speaks of the “euthanasia of Judaism.”

Keywords: anti-Semitic; beyng; calculation; Gestalt; the gigantic; groundlessness; Heidegger; Jewish people; Kant; ontology; rationality

Chapter.  1076 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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