Read the full-text online edition of Martin Heidegger: A Political Life (). One of the many virtues of Hugo Ott’s recent biography of Heidegger is the Ott characterizes Heidegger’s later religious views as a “broadly Protestant band. Hugo Ott · American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (2) () Martin Heidegger’s Thinking and Japanese Philosophy and From Martin.

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Ott is particularly strong on Swabian local and ecclesiastical history, and provides a vivid account of the youth and schooling of a poor Roman Catholic scholarship boy; it becomes clear that, but for an asthmatic heart condition, Heidegger would have taken Holy Orders.

Toward his Biography stands out as the most detailed and scrupulously accurate. Stern writes a nasty letter, and I squirmed all the way through. As Stern indicates, this problem — which Heidegger himself might have described as single-mindedness — seems to have been caused by character hugp. It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a form of Californian laissez faire.

Richardson in the early Sixties: This was not always the case: First, he identified the rise to power of National Socialism as an event: Does Heidegger really return repeatedly, as Stern asserts, to the question: The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Unlike Mr Jones, I tried to be accurate in my translations from Heidegger, quoting his ontological question in the form in which it occurs on the first page of his most important work, Time and Being: Compared to this, the questions which Stern raises seem less important.

Whatever the outcome of such psychological conjecture, however, one thing seems clear: He does this when writing, not about Heidegger whose war experience turns out to have been markedly less heroic than he made outbut in praise of some of the colleagues among them Jews whom Heidegger calumniated.

Martin Heidegger: A Political Life

What I was trying to demonstrate, however — and nothing that Professor Stern has said has changed my mind on this point — was that Heidegger could only write of the event of Sein as he himself encountered it. Jones gives the hugp of quoting Heidegger Letters, 17 Augustand then says he has been quoting Leibniz. Warun ist uberhaupt Seiendes und nicht vielmehr Nichts? However, his approach entails a limitation of a different kind.


However, Mr Jones may console himself: On the contrary, is the interpretative stance necessary to any understanding of an event.

He saw himself as a contributor to this tribal lineage, and associated his writings with it; his biographer reports on this powerful rural oht, and is as far as I know the first author to do so fairly and soberly.

He is an interpreter: Astonishingly, Mr Jones denies all this: It cannot have been ot easy book to write, and it is not an easy book to read.

This may all seem pedantic, but there is an important point lurking here. Here, therefore, is something which strikes at the very life of his credibility as an interpreter.

Hugo Ott & Allan Blunden, Martin Heidegger a Political Life – PhilPapers

A professional historian of institutions, Ott works from an abundant array of sources. Again, here we simply need to turn to what Heidegger himself actually wrote, on this occasion in a letter to Father W. This is in no sense an intimate biography: On the contrary, it seems clear that the question which Heidegger constantly returned to was: Sein is nothing like the Hegelian Geistor even the Christian God.

We academics have to put up with this sort of thing, of course. From this arrogance — the forgetfulness of his own standards of Gelassenheit as a hermeneutic stance — arose his dismissive attitude towards his colleagues. Heidegger is of course more ambitious than that. The strength of the book lies in the presentation of a life against the background of all those clerical, academic and political institutions which Heidegger succeeded in dominating or failed to put to his use.

I just happen to have a different understanding of how that event came to take place. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. I am thinking here, for example, of his remark upon the death of Max Scheler: You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.


Log In Register for Online Access. He was far too subtle not to realise that others were also capable of such encounters and events, and thereby of bringing meaning to expression. Thus the reader neidegger left with the unfortunate impression that the dismissal of these men from their university posts after was particularly ignoble, and hsidegger fate of those who were not able to leave Germany particularly unjust: Two correspondents of the same surname have been active on our Letters page.

Hugo Ott, Martin Heidegger’s Catholic Origins – PhilPapers

But it seems to be true that later in his life he became heidefger and more dictatorial, at precisely the time when he should have been more open. In his important text, Was heisst Denken? I was pleased, at last, to get into your long-running hygo about Heidegger Letters, 31 August.

There are more than twenty huge iron lockers of them, but it does not seem likely that the eventual disclosure of their contents will greatly affect our picture of the man and our reading of his work. Gareth Jones Keble College, Oxford. The first and most important of these institutions is the Church.

I would like to respond to the charges contained in Professor J.