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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work of scholarship, 13 April 2006
This review is from: Heidegger's Roots: Nietzsche, National Socialism, and the Greeks (Paperback)
This is a first rate book of philosophy and history of ideas. I suppose the book focusses on the question of Heidegger's relationship to National Socialism but rather than the great many other books in this area, does not do this by examining the events around Heidegger's Rectorate per se but rather by a careful and contextualized reading of his philosophy from 1933 to 1945. The title alludes to the notion of rootedness and autochthony that permates Heidegger's thought (up until his last works) and how this notion interacted with his conceptualizion of the Greeks and his attempt at first to recruit, and then later relegate, Nietzsche. Thus, the book places Heidegger's thinking in the wider context of how the Greeks and Nietzsche were viewed in Germany at this time, how other thinkers used them to support Nazi goals, and how Heidegger differed from such thinkers. Although clearly against biologistic racism, as Bambach says, through invoking a similar strength of 'rootedness' in the Germans as the classical, particularly Pre-Socratic, Greeks he argues for a cultural or metaphysical superiority: a thought that remians with him after the close of WWII, albeit in a more folksy guise. Reading Heidegger brought me into philosophy and this book will never let me read him as I had before. Very highly recommended! Have ordered several books he cites on Ancient Athens ...
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