Re: RE "On Brinks and..."

I agree with Chris that these two books are "worth taking a look at". But
while Zimmerman's is quite good, I cannot say the same of Bourdieu's.
Bourdieu begins with the assumption that philosophy can be explained
sociologically (this is not unique to this book) and then proceeds to
recast Heidegger's confrontation with the neo-Kantians as one which is
rooted in Heidegger's class background. We can explain his insistence on
such things Bodenstaendigkeit and Eigentlichkeit (autochthony/rootednes and
authenticity) by means of his upbringing and his failure to feel "at home"
in academic culture. Far more interesting are two by Lacoue-Labarthe:
_Heidegger, Art and Politics: The Fiction of the Political_ (Blackwell's)
and "Transcendence Ends in Politics" in _Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy,
Politics_ (Harvard UP).

Jonathan Maskit

> For a fairly neutral overview of Heidegger's engagement with
>"modernity", along with an account of the philosophical roots of his
>political views and allegiances see: Michael Zimmerman's _Heidegger's
>Confrontation With Modernity_.
>
> For a treatment of the political subtext of Heidegger's
>philosophical discourse (_BT_) see Pierre Bourdieu's _The Political
>Ontology Of Martin Heidegger_.
>
> These two books are worth taking a look at because they are not
>primarily concerned with Heidegger's "politics", but with how his politics
>are related to his "philosophy".
>
> Chris Hargens

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