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Critical Reflections on Husserl, Heidegger, and “Historical-Ontological Anti-Semitism”
Start Date: 4/2/2015Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 4/2/2015End Time: 2:30 PM

Event Description:
The Suffolk Philosophy Society and the Philosophy Department present an event in the Philosophy Colloquium Series:

Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and Peter Trawny’s Heidegger and the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy: Critical Reflections on Husserl, Heidegger, and “Historical-Ontological Anti-Semitism”
George Heffernan, Merrimack College

Abstract:  In Heidegger and the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy (2014), Peter Trawny, the editor of Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks (2014/15), claims that in his Black Notebooks Heidegger embraces what Trawny calls “historical-ontological anti-Semitism.” There can be doubt that Heidegger describes “the Jews” as a “kind of humanity” that lives by “the principle of race”, displays “empty rationality and calculative skill”, and employs “the machinations of world Jewry” to propagate a “homeless” and “worldless” way of life accompanied by “ahistorical” and “atemporal” thinking—as a “people” that took advantage of the metaphysics of the West, especially in its modern development, to further “the uprooting of all beings from Being” as its “world-historical task”.  A key question is what role Heidegger assigns his former mentor, colleague, and friend, Edmund Husserl, the founder of the phenomenological movement and a Jew (albeit also a convert to Christianity), in his narrative, since he seems to establish a connection between Husserl’s Jewishness and his philosophy and suggests that his break with him was the result of the latter’s refusal to deal with Being in terms of history. The presentation investigates whether Heidegger’s remarks and Trawny’s reflections have any significant implications for an understanding of the philosophical relationship between Husserl and Heidegger.

Refreshments will be served.
 
Location Information:
Boston Campus - Stahl Center (73 Tremont)  (View Map)
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Room: Conference Room, 11th Floor
Contact Information:
Name: Evgenia Cherkasova
Email: echerkasova@suffolk.edu
Intended Audience:
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Guests
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Sponsor(s):
  • College of Arts & Sciences

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