Heidegger, Martin, The Self-Assertion of the German University and The. Rectorate / Facts and Thoughts, Review of Metaphysics, (Mar .). of this “Heidegger controversy” (Thomson ) shows that it has long had the .. Heidegger’s Rectorial Address lays great stress on the need for scientists to. Martin Heidegger wanted his writings to speak for themselves. The necessary new edition of the Rectoral Address, which appeared in Prance in in a.

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Martin Heidegger and Nazism

In his postwar justification, Heidegger claimed he resigned the rectorship in April rectrial the ministry in Karlsruhe had demanded the dismissal of the deans Erik Wolf and Wilhelm von Mollendorf on political grounds. Such strength binds to what is essential, selects the best, and awakens the genuine following Gefolgschaft of those who are of a new mind. They moved, as they had for decades, in the well-trodden paths of faculty politics. The heart of the Rectoral Address, apparent even by the space given to it, is the exposition of the essence of knowing and science; the university is to be grounded on that essence; and on that ground it is to assert itself as German university.

Heidegger’s thinking is a thinking “on the way. Science, in this sense, must become the power that shapes the body of the German university.

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Research got out of hand and concealed its uncertainty behind the idea of international scientific and scholarly heidwgger. But who would doubt this?

To be sure, another response is possible. In the letter, Heidegger called Baumgarten “anything but a National-Socialist” and underlined his links to “the Heidelberg circle of liberal-democratic intellectuals around Max Weber. It is up to us whether, and to what extent, we concern ourselves with self-examination and self-assertion not just casually, but penetrating to their very foundations, rectkrial whether— with the best of intentions — we only change old arrangements and add new ones.


Does its extantness assign to this human mass the right to the claim on a continued existence? There are nevertheless troubling passages from Heidegger’s lecture and seminar courses from the period of the Nazi Gleichschaltung. It meant primarily freedom from concern, arbitrariness of intentions and inclinations, lack of restraint in what was done and left undone.

Otherwise the text is an unchanged reprint of the edition of This sense of relief at the demise of democracy was shared not only by the enemies of the republic. 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 in an official capacity.

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Nevertheless, according to Victor Farias, Hugo Ott, and Emmanuel Faye, Heidegger implemented the Gleichschaltung totalitarian policy, suppressing all opposition to the government.

Heidegger said after the war he supported the social more than the national [11]. Nietzsche’s thought on the slave revolt retcorial respect to moralityBolshevism is in fact Jewish; but then Christianity is also fundamentally Bolshevist! I understood defense as self-defense.

William Barrett and Henry Addrrss. This atmosphere of confusion, which dominated everything, addrress 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: Archived copy as title Articles with French-language external links All articles with vague or ambiguous time Vague or ambiguous time from July All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Articles with unsourced statements from October Addresa articles needing clarification from July Articles with unsourced statements from December Whether we do or not, the question must be faced: But this does not mean that the beginning has been overcome, let alone brought to nought.


Due to what he calls Heidegger’s “spiritual resistance”, Czech resistance fighter and former Heidegger student Jan Patocka included him among his “heroes of our times”.

Nor did I expect anything of the sort. This led to attempts to create a “German mathematics,” a “German physics,” etc.

What moved me especially was the possibility, pointed out rextorial canon Sauer, that, should I refuse, outsiders would impose a rector. This revolution was not the advent of a power pre-existing in the bosom of the state or of a political party. All hopes were dashed. At last he uttered this well-known rationalisation which Karl Barth saw so clearlywhich amounted to saying that “it all would have been much worse if some men of knowledge had not been involved.

Hitler’s “Peace Speech” of May 17,when he declared that “boundless love and loyalty to one’s own nation” included “respect” for the addres rights of other nations, had its effect. The beginning has invaded our future.

The possibility could exist that the university will suffer death through oblivion and forfeit the last vestige of its educational power.