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Heidegger, History and the Holocaust

2016.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mahon O'Brien, Heidegger, History and the Holocaust, Bloomsbury, 2015, 192pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472510198. Reviewed
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2016.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mahon O'Brien, Heidegger, History and the Holocaust, Bloomsbury, 2015, 192pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472510198. Reviewed by Theodore Kisiel, Northern Illinois University The controversy over Heidegger's political engagement in his Nazi years has routinely polarized itself into two extreme camps: those who "amplify his Nazism and diminish his stature as a philosopher" (p. 1) to nil (Victor Farías, Richard Wolin, Emmanuel Faye et al.) and the ultra-orthodox Heideggerians who view his Nazism as at most a brief dalliance and unequivocally proclaim his greatness as a philosopher. The author's argument in this book assumes a position midway between these extremes by thetically positing that Heidegger is both a great philosopher and a committed Nazi. Mahon O'Brien takes from Heidegger the philosopher a deep appreciation of "the gift of my thrownness" (p. x) into the historical world. O'Brien was born and raised. . .

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