Three Heidegger-related reviews at NDPR

Two relating to the Black Notebooks:

Richard Polt (Xavier) reviews Heidegger’s Ponderings II-VI: Black Notebooks 1931-1938, trans. by Richard Rojcewicz. As Polt notes Überlegungen can be given a less ponderous or pompous translation than “Ponderings,” though I think that better fits what is often pompous and ponderous (and highly self-regarding) prose.

A companion text to read with Ponderings is Peter Trawny’s Heidegger and the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy, published last year in English and translated by Andrew Mitchell. The reviewer Taylor Carman (Barnard) gets at the problems of what I felt was an underwhelming volume (especially given Trawny’s work as editor of the Black Notebooks):

Beyond reminding us of that general affinity, however, what is the precise significance of the Black Notebooks for our understanding of Heidegger’s philosophy? That is the question. Unfortunately, Trawny’s book does very little to answer it. His thesis is that anti-Semitism is present and at work in Heidegger’s account of the history of being, which is to say, the history in Western thought of successive, comprehensive understandings of what it means to be, of what and thatanything is. The anti-Semitism that figures into the history of being is what Trawny calls Heidegger’s “being-historical anti-Semitism.” To get a grip on that (in English) twice-hyphenated phrase, one would of course need to begin with a clear account of the very idea of a history of being, and about that Trawny says almost nothing….

A last review might (might!) help rinse some of the bitter taste left over from the two books, which looks at Lee Braver’s excellent edited collection, Division III of Heidegger’s Being and Time: The Unanswered Question of Being, which brings together the clearest of Heidegger scholars to answer a central question leftover in Heidegger’s early work: was there, or could there be, some project to Division III of Being and Time, which was to describe being as tempoarlity (Temporalität). I’ve read many of the essays and it’s one of those few collections I could see teaching in a course–perhaps as part of teaching Being and Time in a phenomenology course next winter.