Heidegger, Martin, The Self-Assertion of the German University and The. Rectorate / Facts and Thoughts, Review of Metaphysics, (Mar .). of this “Heidegger controversy” (Thomson ) shows that it has long had the .. Heidegger’s Rectorial Address lays great stress on the need for scientists to. Martin Heidegger wanted his writings to speak for themselves. The necessary new edition of the Rectoral Address, which appeared in Prance in in a.

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Martin Heidegger and Nazism

When the interviewers asked him about the lecture in which he had referred to the “inner truth and greatness of [the National Socialist] movement” i. Toynbee too after an audience in noted about Hitler: What was in the beginning the awed perseverance of the Greeks in the face of what is, transforms itself then into the completely unguarded exposure to the hidden and uncertain, i.

Whoever wants to call this ‘raging anti-Semitism’ is welcome to do so. But these events, too, are only a fleeting appearance on waves of a movement of our history, of whose dimensions the Germans have as yet no inkling, even now that catastrophe has en- gulfed them.

To pretend otherwise is mendacious pedantry. Thinking from these writings and, still more essen- tially, from their foundations, we thought what was coming, that is to say, we attempted to counter it, as we confronted it. He was another of Heidegger’s students, aided by Heidegger in in obtaining a fellowship to study in Rome, where he lived between and It is a sad irony that Heidegger, a philosopher who began by speaking with rare eloquence about authenticity and the importance of attending to the elusive whisperings of reality, should addfess proven to be so deaf when reality burst in upon him with the harsh and agonizingly real strains of tyranny.

During the hearings of the Denazification Committee, Hannah ArendtHeidegger’s former student and lover, who was Jewish, spoke on his behalf. This is the sense of “battle” thought philosophically, and heidgger is said in the address is only thought philosophically. Richardson in Sheehan, Thomas, ed.


He is a pervasive force in contemporary theology, psychology, and literary criticism as well as in philosophy. According to Farias and Ott, Heidegger also denounced or demoted three colleagues for being insufficiently committed to the Nazi cause.

I had no illusions about the possible consequences of my resignation from office in the spring of ; after June 30 of the same year, these consequences became completely clear.

From now on this xddress will be fixed and rooted in the being Dasein of the German rextorial by means of the Labor Service Arbeitsdienst. There was an insistence that what mattered, at least for the time being, in making such appointments, was not so much the significance of an individual’s scholarship or his teaching ability as his political reliability and activistic decisiveness.

Such strength binds to what is essential, selects the best, and awakens the genuine following Gefolgschaft of those who are of a new mind. Nietzsche’s thought on the slave revolt with respect to moralityBolshevism is in fact Jewish; but then Christianity is also fundamentally Bolshevist! On what is this principle grounded? For that reason, only true strength should have access to the right path, but not halfheartedness Klostermann, ; “What is Metaphysics,” translated by R.

And in his letter denouncing Baumgarten, cited above, Heidegger wrote that “after failing with me” [not as a student but as a friend! Emmanuel Faye claims Heidegger criticized the “Jewification” “Verjudung” of German universities inand favored instead the promotion of the “German race” “die deutsche Rasse”. In no way shall it be denied that at the time I believed in such possibilities and for this reason renounced the thinker’s most proper vocation in order to help realize them in an official capacity.

On Heidegger’s Nazism and Philosophy

The enemy is one who poses an essential threat to the existence of the people and its members. But if Heidegger’s discussion of the three Services refers the reader to the political situation of the time, it also refers him to Plato’s Republic. I explained to the Student Leader that as long as I was rector, this notice would find no place in this university.

Equally, Hermine Rohner, a student from tobears testimony to the fact Heidegger “wasn’t afraid, as for him, even in front of students from all faculties so not only “his” studentsto attack National Socialism so openly that I hunched up my shoulders. The minister replied that, after I had resigned the rectorate without attracting further attention, I would be free to act as I thought necessary.


The whole lecture shows that I was at that time an adversary of the regime. Nicolai Hartmann Stuttgart und Berlin: The origin of all political action is not in knowledge, but in being.

Heidegger also fired a Nazi student leader because he was this time too favorably disposed toward the regime see Picht’s testimony. Jowett translates the passage from which this saying is taken as follows: He had become entangled in a network of lies by his colleagues.

Suspicions now began to be voiced against me, which at times degenerated into public insult. AfterHeidegger claims in the interview, he was more critical of the Nazi government, largely prompted by the violence of the Night of the Long Knives.

It is true that he did not achieve full control of the government until after the death of Hindenburg in July, The theory of relativity and quantum theory were attacked as un-German. Minister Wacker declared that he could not do anything opposing the SA, which then played a role that was later taken over by the SS.

The task of thought is to help limit the dominance of technology so that man in general has an adequate relationship to its essence.

Safranski tells how a dispute occurred with a group of SA students and their military spirit. Gratitude is expressed to Hermann Heidegger and the pub- lisher, Vittorio Klostermann, who gave their permission to publish these translations and heivegger preface them with a translation of Her- mann Heidegger’s brief Vorwort addreess the German edition.