Martin Heidegger - Between Good and Evil by Rüdiger Safranski, Ewald Osers

By Rüdiger Safranski, Ewald Osers

One of many century's maximum philosophers, with no whom there will be no Sartre, no Foucault, no Frankfurt institution, Martin Heidegger used to be additionally a guy of significant disasters and flaws, a Faustus who made a pact with the satan of his time, Adolf Hitler. the tale of Heidegger's lifestyles and philosophy, a quintessentially German tale within which strong and evil, brilliance and blindness are inextricably entwined and the passions and failures of an entire century come into play, is advised during this great biography.

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For the substance of Spinoza, for the cogito of Descartes. for the I of Fichte. for the spirit of Hegel. The spirit that lives in Man was nothing but a cerebral function. Ideas were to the brain as gall was to the liver or urine to the kidney. These ideas were "a little unfiltered," remarked Hermann Lotze, then one of the few survivors of the once numerous tribe of metaphysical philosophers. It was also Lotze who-unsuccessfully-pointed out to the materialists the folly of their saito mortale. He recalled Leibniz, who had long settled the whole materialist problem, especially the relation between awareness and body, in his discussion with Hobbes.

But, of course, we already have them. "8 To Heidegger this is the same strength that is needed for the self-conquest of faith. The authoritarianism of faith and the objectivity of strict logic are one and the same to him. They are different ways of participating in the eternal. Yet even so this involves emotions, moreover very exalted ones. Only in the strict disciplines of faith and logic is there fulfillment of the craving for "complete and final answers to the questions of Being. o t'Il > t'" ...

Art, and philosophy. He focuses on the difference between his own world. that of Messkirch and Kreenhainstetten, and the world outside--a hint already of the difference between autonomous and nonautonomous being. One may therefore read a kind of self-portrait of the author into his lines about the unveiling of the monument. The church tower is an "odd man out," just as Heidegger is. > II! "> .. II! : from which he comes, "tough, self-assured, and reserved" as the locals. He would wish to be like those folk, but also like Abraham a Sancta Clara.

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