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Heidegger, Morality and Politics: Questioning the Shepherd of Being

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2018.03.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sonia Sikka, Heidegger, Morality and Politics: Questioning the Shepherd of Being, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 244 pp., $99.99, ISBN 9781108419796. Reviewed by Karsten Harries, Yale University Presenting itself as "an exegesis and friendly critique of Martin Heidegger's moral and political philosophy" (p. 1), this book is more than that: it is also a thought-provoking statement of Sikka's own position, a Heidegger-inflected moral realism. Free of the partisanship that mars so much of the Heidegger literature, the book demonstrates an admirable command of both the primary and the secondary literature, as also of such thinkers as Herder, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Nietzsche. Sikka's aim is to challenge the claim that Heidegger's concern with the question of being has little to offer ethics. Given that aim, it is to be expected that she would challenge both those scholars who assert that there is no. . .

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