The Political Subject Lost between Heidegger and Nietzsche

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Political Subject Lost between             Heidegger and Nietzsche

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This chapter looks at the Lacoue-Labarthian political dimension. In doing so, it turns also toward Martin Heidegger, particularly the Heidegger of the 1930s. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe is tracking a deeper question, one that goes to but also through Heidegger—and then as much through Friedrich Nietzsche as through Heidegger. It asks about the subject of philosophy in its political dimension. Hyperbology is a motif that tries to link various modes and contexts in which Lacoue-Labarthe notices the loss of the subject. An imbalance that is curious at first sight is evident in the way in which Lacoue-Labarthe treats subjectal loss in Nietzsche and Heidegger. Nietzschean overdetermination of Heidegger forms the backdrop for the analysis of the link between Heidegger and Nazism in Lacoue-Labarthe's Heidegger, Art and Politics and is also explicitly addressed by him in the essay that is the final chapter in Typography.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Nazism; Friedrich Nietzsche; hyperbology; subjectal loss; philosophy

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Subjects: Philosophy

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