Heidegger delivered his Inaugural Lecture as Rector. 23 April Heidegger resigned from the Rectorate. The Rektoratsrede. With those dates. Martin Heidegger. (). The assumption of the rectorate is the commitment to the spiritual leadership of this institution of higher learning.* The following of. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Defense of irony: Heidegger and the ” rektoratsrede” | The author deals with Heidegger’s relation to National Socialism on.

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Heidegger said after the war he supported the social more than the national [11].

Hitler’s “Peace Speech” of May 17,when he declared that “boundless love and loyalty to one’s own nation” included “respect” for the national rights of other nations, had its effect. But he was neither an uncritical fellow traveller, nor an active party member. The differences between Husserl and Heidegger are significant, but if we do not see how much it is the case that Husserlian phenomenology provides the framework for Heidegger’s approach, we will not rektoratsrrde able to appreciate the exact nature of Heidegger’s project in Being and Time or why he left it unfinished.

Heidegger’s philosophy is founded on the attempt to conjoin what he considers two fundamental insights: The enemy is not necessarily the outside enemy, and the outside enemy is not necessarily the most dangerous.

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Among the Greeks an old story went around that Prometheus had been the first philosopher. In pursuit of heideggef retrieval of this question, Rektoratrede spent considerable time reflecting on ancient Greek thoughtin particular on Plato, ParmenidesHeraclitusand Anaximander, as well as on the tragic playwright Sophocles.

Only engaged knowledge about the people and knowledge about the destiny of the state that keeps itself in readiness, only these create, at one with knowledge about the spiritual mission, the primordial and full essence of science, whose realization is our task — supposing that we submit to the distant command of the beginning of our spiritual-historical being Dasein. This atmosphere of confusion, which dominated everything, offered no possibility to cultivate or even to acquaint others with those efforts that were my sole concern and that had moved me to assume the office: Heidegegr repeated the lecture in a number of different German towns until and it was known through copies that were circulating.


Heidegger remained a member of both the academic faculty and of the Nazi Party until the end of the war, but took no part in Party meetings. But this has been disputed by Eduard Langwald, who considers “Heidegger was never a Nazi-minded informer”. Whereas Cassirer defended the role of rationality in KantHeidegger argued for the priority of the imagination.

It will in no way be denied that at the time I believed in such possibilities and for that reason renounced the actual vocation of thinking in favor of being effective rektoragsrede an official capacity. Thinking from these writings and, still more essen- tially, from their foundations, we thought what was coming, that is to say, we attempted to counter it, as we confronted it. It rektotatsrede never my intention to realize only party doctrines and to act in accord with the “idea” of a “political science.

Another citation levied against Heidegger by his critics, is his answer to a question by his former student Herbert Marcuseconcerning his silence about the Nazi racial policies. Halfway through 2nd paragraph: But Heidegger’s word was law.

Martin Heidegger and Nazism

Heidegger there presented Celan with a copy of What is Called Thinking? See Griechisches RechtsdenkeUy 4 vols. The origin of all political action is not in knowledge, but in being.

No one will keep us from doing this. It can be shown, moreover, that in particular instances Heidegger even appropriated wholesale and almost verbatim major ideas from the German translations of Daoist and Zen Buddhist classics.

Rektoratwrede sees poetry and technology as two contrasting ways of ” revealing. On July 23, the government of the conservative Heinrich Bruning made this voluntary Arbeitsdienst part of its attempt to deal with unemployment. In everyday German, ” Dasein ” means “existence.

Martin Heidegger

Science is the questioning holding of one’s ground in the midst of the ever self -concealing totality of what is. There is much talk nowadays of blood and soil as frequently invoked powers. According to Hugo Ott, Heidegger leaked information on September 29, to the local minister of education that the chemist Hermann Staudinger had been a pacifist during World War I.

On what is this principle grounded? But no one will even ask us whether we do or do not will, when the spiritual strength of the West fails and its joints crack, when this moribund semblance of a culture caves in and drags all forces into confusion and lets them suffocate in madness.


Arendt initially suggested that Heidegger’s behavior precipitated Husserl’s jeidegger. Apart from the charge of obscurantismother analytic philosophers considered the actual content of Heidegger’s work to be either faulty and meaningless, vapid or uninteresting.

The national-socialist revolution means rather the radical transformation of German existence. That there should be science at all, is never unconditionally necessary. Fehrle, the Ministerial Counsellor responsible for the universities, while harmless and good-natured, was completely in their hand. Just like other stu- dents, these gentlemen had the possibility of working with me and of benefitting from participation in my seminars.

This essential opposition of leading and following must not be obscured, let alone eliminated. My entry into the party remained only a matter of form in so far as the party leadership did not have the slightest intention of involving me in any deliberations concerning questions that per- tained to the university, culture, and education. Whereas Heidegger argued that the question of human existence is central to the pursuit of the question of being, Husserl criticized this as reducing phenomenology to “philosophical anthropology” and offering an abstract and incorrect portrait of the human being.

They were appointed to professorships only when rektoratsrexe had become impossible not to acknowledge their qualifications and the scandal apparent. AfterHeidegger claims in the interview, he was more critical rektoratsrexe the Nazi government, largely rektorwtsrede by the violence of the Night of the Long Knives.

There is no truth to the oft-repeated story that during Heidegger’s time as Rector, the University denied Husserl access to the university library. Heidegger also linked the rektoratsreee of a people with ” blood and soil ” in a way that would now be regarded as characteristic of Nazism:. Even though Heidegger is considered by many observers rektooratsrede be the most influential philosopher of the 20th rektoratxrede in continental philosophy, aspects of his work have been criticised by those who nevertheless acknowledge this influence, such as Hans-Georg Gadamer and Jacques Derrida.