Heidegger, Art and Politics: The Fiction of the Political by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe Chris Turner Online

Heidegger, Art and Politics: The Fiction of the Political
Title : Heidegger, Art and Politics: The Fiction of the Political
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ISBN : 9780631171553
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 153

Of the many questions provoked by Heidegger's thought and writing, that of his political destiny is perhaps the most fraught. Was his work, as Adorno suggested, fascistic to its very roots, or is this grossly to misrepresent one of the very greatest radical thinkers?Clearly this is not a question which can simply be glossed over. Heidegger's muted but consistent approval oOf the many questions provoked by Heidegger's thought and writing, that of his political destiny is perhaps the most fraught. Was his work, as Adorno suggested, fascistic to its very roots, or is this grossly to misrepresent one of the very greatest radical thinkers?Clearly this is not a question which can simply be glossed over. Heidegger's muted but consistent approval of National Socialism, the unsatisfactoriness of his later explanations and, most important, the silence he obstinately maintained about the Holocaust are all questions which philosophers are forced to address.Lacoue-Labarthe raises these questions while also recognizing that Heidegger's desire to reveal the truth at the heart of the Nazi movement and his frequent disappointment with it, has contributed profoundly to a diagnosis of the state of modern politics.Far from achieving Modernity, our political thought remains enslaved to an Ancient ideal (the Greek model), ceaselessly striving to create either a Renaissance or a Revolution along classical lines. Lacoue-Labarthe calls this symptom of misconceived modernism 'national aestheticism'. He suggests that our politics is haunted by a belief in technē, propelled by the belief that our place in history can only be assured by the self-conscious generation of myths we try to call our own.


Heidegger, Art and Politics: The Fiction of the Political Reviews

  • Ammon

    Along with Derrida's Of Spirit, one of the two best philosophical considerations of the meaning of Heidegger's National Socialism in the context of his philosophy. The notion of national aestheticism is crucial for understanding what Heidegger thought he was getting himself into and what he actually got himself into. One of the most important projects of Lacoue-Labarthe's other works is to recuperate an understanding of ontology and poetry other than this national aestheticism (what Derrida call [...]

  • Ziad

    basically arguing that "the Heidegger Affair" was not an error, that there is a continuity between Heidegger pre-1933 and after-1933, i.e. the Heidegger turn. However, it's not a condemnation. Lacoue-Labarthe contends that Heidegger's work can shed light on Nazism itself, exactly through his insistence on the aesthetic after 1934. A good read, may be deceptive in its short length, but dense and enlightening.

  • Alex Cistelecan

    l'elegance du sophisme.