Heidegger and Nazism
by Farías, Víctor (1989)
In part, the importance o f the book depends on the importance attributed to Heidegger, who, as this century draws to a close, looms ever larger as one o f the principal philosophers o f our age— perhaps, as some argue, the author o f the most important philosophical work since Hegel’s Phenomenology. There is no question that Heidegger is a most significant thinker, although the nature o f his contribution has been called into serious question since the end o f World War II because o f his link to Nazism. Heidegger stands before us as a singular case, philosophically sui generis, the source o f one o f the most influential currents o f philosophical thought in our century, the only major thinker to opt for Nazism, the main example o f absolute evil in our time— possibly o f any time. The combination is without any known historical precedent.
Certainly more original, even though always within the radical populist option, is the initiative Heidegger took to connect student work and the program for social rehabilitation begun by Mayor Kerber, which created a “ living bridge” between the university and the workers that had no equal among the initiatives o f any o f the other rectors o f the time. In fact, work service was not new with the Nazis, but was rather an old idea begun in many universities involving the youth movement (Jugendbewegung). This service had now been taken over by the state and offered various options. However, to build a “ living bridge” under the auspices o f the university and in concert with the revolutionary “base” was a true innovation. In addition, it not only intended students to leave the classrooms but also workers to come into the university itself for courses of indoctrination. (p.125)
KeywordsHeidegger, Student, Academic Work, Nazi, National Socialism
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