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Heidegger's Race

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Publication date1/11/2022
Host publicationHeidegger and the Human
EditorsIngo Farin, Jeff Malpas
Place of PublicationAlbany NY
PublisherSUNY Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (print)9781438490496, 9781438490489
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameSUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy


This article asks ‘what was Martin Heidegger’s understanding of race?’ in the context of recent discussions of that question by Sonia Sikka, Robert Bernasconi and Jeffrey Barash. It takes a now notorious remark made by Heidegger in lectures delivered immediately after his resignation as Rector of Freiburg University (in 1934) that there are those “blacks, in particular, African blacks” of whom it is said “they are without history” and shows that this was not a once-only comment, but has a longer history in Heidegger’s oeuvre. The article examines that history, and then shows the extent to which Heidegger is commenting on and coming to terms with a tradition of commentary on race established by Hegel. The article proceeds by contrasting Hegel’s and Heidegger’s respective understanding of history within the wider understanding of Hegel’s metaphysics. The article concludes by showing how Heidegger’s understanding of race is connected both with his critique of Hegel and the question of his criticism and his support of the Nazi state.