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Heidegger and nazism
Farías, Víctor, 1940-
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Heidegger et le nazisme. English
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1989.
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xxi, 349 pages ; 24 cm
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Translation of: Heidegger et le nazisme.

Includes index.
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B3279.H49 F3413 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Library Journal Review

Farias, a Chilean exile in Germany and sometime student of Heidegger, provides a fascinating journey into the life and times of one of the century's preeminent philosophers. In addition to the biographical detail, there is an in-depth examination of a wide range of Heidegger's writings; the gamut runs from his early work on the anti-Semitic monk Abraham a Sancta Clara, through his famous address as rector of the University of Freiburg in 1933, to a posthumously published interview. This extensively researched work makes a good case that Heidegger's association with and adherence to Nazism was much greater than is generally recognized. How this affected his philosophy proper is a topic that can, should, and undoubtedly will be debated as a result of this important, controversial book.--Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A major work in the controversy over Heidegger's connection with Nazism, a controversy that has so far focused primarily on his brief service as rector of the Univeristy of Freiburg (1933-34). Based on Heidegger's correspondence and writings on the university's place in national life, Farias demonstrates a profound affinity to Nazism and a more than casual activism on its behalf in Heidegger's thought. Farias contradicts those who have judged the connection a minor failing, born of Heidegger's ignorance about the true nature of Nazism. Although judgments on Heidegger have been complicated by his arcane language, which points and hints rather than defines, the author does not agree with some of Heidegger's defenders, who have pleaded that critics failed to understand Heidegger thoroughly. Farias argues for Heidegger's continued adherence to an idealized version of Nazism. A succes de scandale in France, the book settles many issues but probably not the controversy. It also offers a fascinating look into the academic world of Hitler's Germany. For a book on Heidegger, very readable. College, university, and public libraries. -E. A. Breisach, Western Michigan University