Read the full-text online edition of Martin Heidegger: A Political Life (). One of the many virtues of Hugo Ott’s recent biography of Heidegger is the Ott characterizes Heidegger’s later religious views as a “broadly Protestant band. Hugo Ott · American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (2) () Martin Heidegger’s Thinking and Japanese Philosophy and From Martin.

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There came a point when we failed to keep up with these Joneses.

Sein is nothing like the Hegelian Geistor even the Christian God. Unlike Mr Jones, I tried to be accurate in my translations from Heidegger, quoting his ontological question in the form in which it occurs on the first page of his most important work, Time heideggr Being: But it seems to be true that later in his life he became more and more dictatorial, at precisely the time when he should have been more open.

Martin Heidegger a Political Life

Jones gives the appearance of quoting Heidegger Letters, 17 Augustand then says he has been quoting Leibniz. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Ott geidegger particularly strong on Swabian local and ecclesiastical history, and provides a vivid account of the youth and schooling of a poor Roman Catholic scholarship boy; it becomes clear that, but for an asthmatic heart condition, Heidegger would have taken Holy Orders.

As Stern indicates, this problem — which Heidegger himself might have described as single-mindedness — seems to have been caused by character defects. I just happen to have a different understanding of how that event came to take place.


J.P. Stern reviews ‘Martin Heidegger’ by Hugo Ott · LRB 20 April

Stern writes a nasty letter, and I squirmed all the way through. On the contrary, is the interpretative stance necessary to any understanding of an event. I would like to respond to the charges contained in Professor J. He does this when writing, not about Heidegger whose ottt experience turns out to hheidegger been markedly less heroic than he heidsgger outbut in praise of some of the colleagues among them Jews whom Heidegger calumniated. Here, therefore, is something which strikes at the very life of his credibility as an interpreter.

From this arrogance — the forgetfulness of his own standards of Gelassenheit as a hermeneutic stance — arose his dismissive attitude towards his colleagues. Heiddgger cannot have been an easy book to write, and it is not an easy book to read.

This was not always the case: Does Heidegger really return repeatedly, as Stern asserts, to the question: Again, here we simply need to turn to what Heidegger himself actually wrote, on this occasion in a letter to Father W.

Hugo Ott, Martin Heidegger’s Catholic Origins – PhilPapers

I was pleased, at last, to get into your long-running debate about Heidegger Letters, 31 August. There are more than twenty huge iron lockers of them, but it does not seem likely that the eventual disclosure of their contents will greatly affect our picture of the man and our reading of his work.

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Gareth Jones Keble College, Oxford. Whatever the outcome of such psychological conjecture, however, one thing seems clear: The strength of the book lies in the presentation of a life against the background of all those clerical, academic heidegver political institutions which Heidegger succeeded in dominating or failed to put to his use.


The first and most important of these institutions is the Church. Log In Register for Online Access. Heidegger is of course more ambitious than that. It heideegger this Gelassenheit which Heidegger attempts to practise in his interpretations of such writers as Trakl, Rilke and Holderlin. Thus the reader is left with the unfortunate impression that the dismissal of these men from their university posts after was particularly ignoble, and the fate of those who were not able to leave Germany particularly unjust: Warun ist uberhaupt Seiendes und nicht vielmehr Nichts?

First, he identified the rise to power of National Socialism as an event: In his important text, Was heisst Denken?

Astonishingly, Mr Jones denies all this: My complaint against Professor Stern was that in loading the dice in favour of Being and Timehis comments were misleading. A professional historian of institutions, Ott works from an abundant array of sources. On the contrary, it seems clear that the question which Heidegger constantly returned to was: However, Mr Jones may console himself: You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.