Why I’m not writing or speaking about Heidegger’s Black Notebooks (except here)

Peter Gratton:

Stuart’s points below about why he is not (yet) speaking/writing on the Black Notebooks are helpful for understanding his own development and work. For myself, I hesitate only because I feel that anything I would write on the new stuff would only have the vague sense of ‘antisemitism is bad’ and ‘Heidegger saying that is equally bad’–which is not worth the translational work. Yes, a priori, that means it true I think that his notions of historicity and temporality from the 20s and elsewhere don’t lead to the content of what we had more-than-subtle hints he wrote in private during the 30s, 40s, and probably later. Only the Heideggerian priests held anything else, but it’s been so long since all the stuff from Sartre, Derrida, Lyotard and so many others assuming his antisemitism for anyone to be shocked. Yes there are those—with the Black Notebooks in view, it makes it easier—trying to use his moral debasement to back us into a certain liberalism (Wolin comes to mind), but that’s a false choice. As the writers above have noted, along with Elden at crucial points longs before this.

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

HeideggerAs many readers of this blog will know, I’ve been posting various bits of news about Heidegger’s ‘Black Notebooks’ over the past year or so. In that time I’ve been asked to speak on Heidegger at events in the UK and USA, and a few people have suggested I write something. I’ve always said ‘no’.

Heidegger has been a crucial thinker to my work. My PhD examined the relation between Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault; the book that came from it was Mapping the Present: Heidegger, Foucault and the Project of a Spatial History. The book, as the title suggests, looked principally at Heidegger and Foucault, though much of the Nietzsche material was reworked into other chapters. It took seriously Foucault’s claim that Heidegger was, for him, ‘the essential philosopher’. Both the PhD and book included a chapter that looked at how Heidegger read Nietzsche and Hölderlin during the Nazi…

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Jean-Luc Nancy defends Black Notebooks editor in Faust

There has been something of a dust-up where the editor of the Black Notebooks has been attacked by Friedrich Wilhelm von Herrmann, Heidegger’s last private assistant and chief editor of the Gesamtausgabe. Peter Trawny last year published Heidegger und der Mythos der jüdischen Weltverschwörung (2014), which is anything but an anti-Heideggerian screed. Hermman claims Trawney is merely attacking Heidegger as part of the times–rather than, you know, reacting to some rather horrific prose. Nancy had previously discussed the Black Notebooks last summer here (thanks to Marie-Eve Morin and others on FB for the links) and in this piece (German on top; French original [with some errors] below) defends Trawney against the claim that he is unphilosophical, etc.

Justin Clemens reviews Kate Schechter’s ‘Illusions of a Future: Psychoanalysis and the Biopolitics of Desire’

Originally posted on Society and space:

978-0-8223-5721-6_prIf psychoanalysis proved globally to be one of the greatest intellectual and ethical events of the twentieth century, crossing and scrambling the divisions between the sciences and arts, medicine and morality, the technical and the everyday, it perhaps had its most outrageous popular and institutional success in the mid-century United States. There, it not only enjoyed an almost-incredible triumph in its rapid and near-total takeover of psychiatric institutions across the country, but infiltrated the field of cultural production to the point where the shrink cartoon became a genre in its own right.

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Alex Papadopoulos on Alexis Tsipras’s speech to the Greek Parliament

Originally posted on Society and space:

Before the Greek elections Society and Space hosted a mini forum on the possibilities and challenges to come. We now have the first of hopefully a series of contributions reflecting on the situation since SYRIZA’s victory. Alex Papadopolous writes on “Alexis Tsipras’ Historic Greek Parliament Speech in Support of Social Democracy – Against Neoliberalism“:

The Prime Minister of Greece and leader of the radical left party SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, delivered a major speech that addressed the near totality of domestic and foreign policy issues in the country’s political scene. Important questions about the separation of Church and State and LGBT rights—both in the party platform—were not covered, likely to placate the conservative coalition partner, the Independent Greeks. In certain respects this was business as usual, as a newly elected government commonly presents its program in a ‘state of the union-to-be’ sense to the Parliament and…

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