Apr 28, 2015

Primordiality of Death in Heidegger's Metaphysics: Bowden's Lecture and an Excerpt from Being and Time

via Ur-Fascist Analytics

The publication of Heidegger's black notebooks has reinvigorated the nest of rodents that comprises Heidegger's detractors; all of the archaic attacks on Heidegger, now renewed, flowing from the deep conviction that every aberrant thought about the philosopher has now been vindicated. His so-called supporters, those who aspire to dislodge him from fascism and explain away his anti-Semitism, persist in evincing their weakness of thought and feeling that is betrayed by their agreement with Heidegger's enemies that the Jewish people are an innocent, faultless people, blissfully guiltless of any sin aside from being successful lawyers, doctors, educators, political reformers, and businessmen.

Even more wretched than either his enemies or his so-called supporters are those critics in nationalist and revisionist circles, who earn cheap points by feigning intellectual and moral superiority in denouncing him for his inaccessible philosophy.

Any real defense of Heidegger must contend with the full range of Heidegger's opponents and those who claim to be his proponents. And it must proceed from an account of his life that places it in appropriate context: Heidegger's support for Adolf Hitler at a time when academics and leftists were praising Stalin and Soviet socialism, his postwar, lifelong refusal to so much as even acknowledge the increasingly politically entrenched Holocaust narrative, and the fact that a man with these qualities proposed to reform our thinking by placing the individual firmly in relation to not only his own death, but crucially, the real prospect of the death of his own people, his nation, and ultimately his civilization.

After the war, Heidegger remained steadfast in his basic conviction that, whatever the ills or faults he viewed in it, National-Socialism was the rightful, historical path of the German people. It was the sole movement that viewed the German people as an historical entity, and which sought to reinvigorate the German people by making fundamental questions of existence the basis of its social order: The call to being, the summons to appropriate death, and a reconciliation with time by synchronizing past and future. This "people of the metaphysical middle," which had been torn in two and divided between two regimes, both enemies, who nonetheless shared the same economized metaphysics.

I include the full length of Bowden's talk, 'Heidegger and Death's Ontology,' and include an excerpt from 'Being and Time' concerning Dasein, death, and temporality. Too much has already been written on Heidegger's thought to attempt yet another introduction. I have included the video and excerpt to affirm this site's avowal of Heidegger's persisting relevance to nationalist and revisionist thought. Heidegger's prewar avowal of Hitler, his prescient understanding of encroaching multiculturalism, his postwar refusal to relent to accepted historical narratives, his calls for a renewed pre-modern relationship with Sun, sea, and soil and a departure from atomized existence... each of these, and more.

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