Ponderings VII-XI: Black Notebooks 1938–1939

Ponderings VII-XI: Black Notebooks 1938–1939

Ponderings VII-XI: Black Notebooks 1938–1939

Ponderings VII-XI: Black Notebooks 1938–1939

Synopsis

Through these broad and sprawling notebooks, Heidegger offers fascinating opinions on Holderlin, Nietzsche, Wagner, Wittgenstein, Pascal, and many others. The importance of the Black Notebooks transcends Heidegger's relationship with National Socialism. These personal notebooks contain reflections on technology, art, Christianity, the history of philosophy, and Heidegger's attempt to move beyond that history into another beginning.

Excerpt

The essence of the Germans:

That they may be chained to the struggle over their essence, for only inasmuch as they take up this struggle are they the people they alone can be.

Suitable for this struggle is only that which, with unwavering confidence in its essential pride, is able to suffer the highest questionworthiness of what is most question-worthy (beyng).

One who encounters the distorted essence only negatively will also not ever be equal to the essence. (Cf. p. 84.)

1. [Reading Zutrauen for Zeitraum (“time frame”), in accord with the corrigenda to this volume posted on the German publisher’s website.—Trans.]

2. [Archaic form of “being” to render Seyn, archaic form of Sein.—Trans.]

3. [All cross-references cite the pagination of the notebooks themselves, indicated here in the outer margins.—Trans.]

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