On my Heidegger & Kant studies. StephenKMackSD

I’ve just finished rereading, the Kant chapter titled ‘Kant’s Critique of Idealism‘,  In  ‘German Idealism:The Struggle against Subjectivism 1781–1801 by Frederick C. Beiser. It took some time, but well worth it. 

I’ve started to reread ‘Prolegomena to any further metaphysics that will be able to come forward as science’. Now finding it familiar, not to speak of amenable territory. Kant, here, is readable and witty.  

My bookshelves contain too many books about Heidegger. My curiosity, interest in Heidegger began with this essay by Thomas Sheehan in the New York Review of Books:  A Normal Nazi. I read from cover to cover, The Heidegger Controversy: A Critical Reader edited by Richard Wolin. (Later I would read Wolin’s ‘The Politics of Being’.)  This exchange in The New York Review of Books simply added to my interest, curiosity :

‘L’Affaire Derrida’: Another Exchange

My interest, curiosity has waned,  Heidegger demands patience in abundance! I ran out of that ‘commodity’ on page 213 of John van Buren’s ‘The Young Heidegger: Rumor of the Hidden King’. I will return to this book, I can do no other! Heidegger remains of interest, I found ‘Transcendental Heidegger’ edited by Steven Crowell and Jeff Malpus both challenging and rewarding reading.

Reading this collection of essays, titled  Reading Heidegger’s Black Notebooks 1931–1941 edited by Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas, was simply confirmation of the most irrefutable kind of Heidegger’s Anti-Semitism. This was not a surprise , but the evidence of its pervasive toxicity …   

 

StephenKMackSD 

       

 

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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