For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Being and Truth

by Heidegger, Martin (2010)

Abstract

In these lectures, delivered in 1933-1934 while he was Rector of the University of Freiburg and an active supporter of the National Socialist regime, Martin Heidegger addresses the history of metaphysics and the notion of truth from Heraclitus to Hegel. First published in German in 2001, these two lecture courses offer a sustained encounter with Heidegger's thinking during a period when he attempted to give expression to his highest ambitions for a philosophy engaged with politics and the world. While the lectures are strongly nationalistic and celebrate the revolutionary spirit of the time, they also attack theories of racial supremacy in an attempt to stake out a distinctively Heideggerian understanding of what it means to be a people. This careful translation offers valuable insight into Heidegger's views on language, truth, animality, and life, as well as his political thought and activity.

Key Passage

Only insofar as Being is care does a way of Being become possible such as resoluteness, labor, heroism, and so on. But because man has these  possibilities,  he  also  has,  on  the  other  side,  the  possibilities  of innocuousness,  busy-ness,  cowardice,  slavery,  money-grubbing,  and so  on.  These  are  not,  as  it  were,  regrettable  additions.  Only  where there  is  busy-ness  is  there  labor.  Only  on  the  basis  of  this  Being  (as care) is man a historical entity. Care is the condition of possibility for man’s ability to be a political entity. (p.166)

Keywords

Heidegger, Hegel, National Socialism, Metaphysics, Logic, Nationalism, Language

Themes

Being and Truth, Heidegger Citations

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