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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However, in a lecture, published posthumously, Heidegger was once again ambiguous on the subject of Nazism. English translation in R. Ein unbekannter Brief Heideggers, Die Zeit, I mention it only to suggest that the opposition rectorixl had begun in had continued and grown more vigorous.

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However, inunder pressure from publisher Max Niemeyer, Heidegger did agree to remove the dedication to Husserl from Being and Timebut it could still be found in a footnote on page 38, thanking Husserl for his guidance and generosity.

The dedication was restored in post-war editions. All following, however, bears resistance in itself. There is absolutely no doubt he was a declared adversary of the regime. I have translated both Fachschaft and Fach as specialty.

Furthermore, as Heidegger was quick to point out, the Nazis were from the beginning heieegger about his allegiance. heudegger

After his resignation, Heidegger was as a matter of course put under surveillance; he was excluded from German delegations to philosophical meetings; and his work was publicly excoriated by party hacks. But Heidegger is a step ahead: 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.

Martin Heidegger and Nazism

For example, when Heidegger talked about a “national and social approach” to political problems, he linked this to Friedrich Naumann. Thus it was uncertain whether those at the center of political power would listen to me and to what seemed to me necessity and task.

Rather, according to Faye, Heidegger’s work should be classified as part of the history of Nazism rather than as philosophy. Yet neither the aforementioned disdain nor approval of his National Socialist credentials counts for much in itself. On April 6,the Reichskommissar of Baden Province, Robert Wagner, suspended all Jewish government employees, including present and retired faculty at the University of Freiburg. The battle still consists of skirmishes. CS1 German-language sources de Webarchive template wayback links Articles with German-language external links Articles containing German-language text Articles containing Polish-language text CS1 maint: For one thing, “theory” is not pursued for its own sake, but only in the passion to remain close to and hard pressed by what is as such.


The minister replied that, after I had resigned the rectorate without attracting further attention, I would be free to act as I thought necessary. This contemplative behavior — and here one appeals to the Greeks — is said to be pursued for its own sake. Science, in this sense, must become the power that shapes the body of the German university. Only if we resolutely submit to this distant command to recapture the greatness of the beginning, will science become the innermost necessity of our being Dasein.

He didn’t understand it. Jonas’ reading can be supported by citations from Heidegger’s lectures during and immediately following the time he was rector. Thereupon I declared that I was resigning from office and asked for a meeting with the minister.

During the war preparations were made for the publication of accounts of the humanities in Germany.

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Eighty million-strong extant human mass? 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. The enemy is not necessarily the outside enemy, and the outside enemy is not necessarily the most dangerous.

If we will the essence of science understood as the qtoestioning, unguarded holding of one’s ground in the midst of the uncertainty of the totality of what-is, this will to essence will create for our people its world, a world of the innermost and most extreme danger, i.

We are capable of this only if the essence of death makes our own essence possible.

Scholars, scientists, and artists were fleeing Germany in droves: It is inconceivable that Heidegger could have been unaware of this exodus or of its cause. If what is essential in this addfess returns to the Greek eTnarrjiir], and that is addrexs say, to aXrjOeia, one has a right to conjecture that “battle,” too, is understood here in not just any way. Alter and John D. Martin Heidegger wanted his writings to speak for themselves. All adrress, however, bears resistance within itself.


But if the Greeks took three centuries just to put the question of what knowledge is upon the right basis and on a secure addresss, we have no right to presume that the elucidation and unfolding of the essence of the German university could take place in the current or in the coming semester.

Yale University Review of Metaphysics 38 March The just named events were merely the first sign of a state of affairs that in the course of my year as rector became ever more apparent: Fehrle, the Ministerial Counsellor responsible for the universities, while harmless and good-natured, was completely in their hand.

In the published version, Heidegger zddress the sentence, but added a parenthetical qualification: For example, in one speech Heidegger stated:. Zernach, March 18th This overenthusiasm on the part of academics seems not even to notice that with such “results” it does National Socialism and its historical uniqueness no service at all, not that it needs this anyhow.

Despite this complete silence at home, one tried to use my name abroad for cultural propaganda purposes and to get me to give lectures. My first official action, on rctorial second beidegger of my rectorate, was to prohibit the posting of the “Jew Notice” in any rooms that belonged to the university.

In Germany, the atmosphere of those days has been described by Sebastian Haffnerwho experienced it himself, as “a widespread feeling of deliverance, of liberation from democracy.

Heidegger’s thinking is a thinking “on the way. It meant primarily freedom from concern, arbitrariness of intentions and inclinations, lack of restraint in what was done and left undone.

By then I had already been in office for a few weeks. Knowledge does not serve the professions, quite the reverse: And in his letter denouncing Baumgarten, cited above, Heidegger wrote that “after failing with me” [not as a student but as a friend!