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Heidegger, the Polis, the political, and Gelassenheit

Heidegger, the Polis, the political, and Gelassenheit
Heidegger, the Polis, the political, and Gelassenheit
What is Heidegger's understanding of the political?

The recent publication of the so-called “Black Notebooks” has once again brought to a polemical forefront the question of the importance of Heidegger's Nazism for his philosophical thought. Yet in the swirling controversy, the question of Heidegger's understanding of the political – that is, of a particular form of relations between human beings – has tended to be obscured by his apparent endorsement of the Nazi regime. I make here the distinction made easily in French between “le politique” – the political – and “la politique” – politics – and argue that Heidegger has a serious understanding of “the political” that is not necessarily coincident with his appreciation of politics – although he may have either thought or hoped it was.
0007-1773
157-173
Strong, Tracy B.
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Strong, Tracy B.
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Strong, Tracy B. (2016) Heidegger, the Polis, the political, and Gelassenheit. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 47 (2), 157-173. (doi:10.1080/00071773.2016.1145888).

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What is Heidegger's understanding of the political?

The recent publication of the so-called “Black Notebooks” has once again brought to a polemical forefront the question of the importance of Heidegger's Nazism for his philosophical thought. Yet in the swirling controversy, the question of Heidegger's understanding of the political – that is, of a particular form of relations between human beings – has tended to be obscured by his apparent endorsement of the Nazi regime. I make here the distinction made easily in French between “le politique” – the political – and “la politique” – politics – and argue that Heidegger has a serious understanding of “the political” that is not necessarily coincident with his appreciation of politics – although he may have either thought or hoped it was.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 31 March 2016
Published date: 31 March 2016
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 395247
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/395247
ISSN: 0007-1773
PURE UUID: 33b76413-b751-4fe6-804b-b439cceebb37

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Date deposited: 26 May 2016 09:07
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 09:35

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