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Heidegger And Politics

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It is a fundamental mistake to view what is called Heidegger's political engagement in 1933 as being 'related to Nazism (and only to Nazism)'. One could actually say that Heidegger's political error consisted in having involved himself in a political exercise exactly at the time of Nazism. Heidegger's error of assessment consisted in reckoning that it would have been possible to restrain Hitler's power, that his power could have been contained within certain limits. As a matter of fact, the containment not of Hitler, but of Hitler's power is precisely what constituted Heidegger's fundamental political scheme. The antagonism between these two elements (i.e., the 'leadership' of power versus the 'renitence' of the people) constitutes the very structure of the political as Heidegger thinks it.

Keywords: Heidegger's political engagement; Nazism

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