In this article I argue that the criticism raised against Heidegger linking his philosophy to his totalitarian views, is politically motivated--it is a question of power. I examine some topics in Heidegger's philosophy, as individuality, humanism and the question of the self. Regarding the latter, I argue that Heidegger shatters the traditional view that considers the self as substantial, self-sufficient and homogeneous, and presents a self who is plurivocal, heterogeneous, and open-ended. Thus, Heidegger enables other disciplines or discourses, like feminism and literary criticism, which deal with the question of the self through different perspectives, to take part in the philosophical dialogue. I conclude that the criticism raised against Heidegger is a result of a double threat that his philosophy poses: it dismantles some of the main tenets of the tradition and it threatens institutionalized philosophy by opening the philosophical discourse to other disciplines.
|Translated title of the contribution||Martin Heidegger: Political Enemy/Philosophical Enemy?|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly|
|State||Published - 1998|
- POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY