Heidegger and French Philosophy: Humanism, Antihumanism and Being

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-12-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Martin Heidegger's impact on contemporary thought is massive and controversial. In France, the prestige of this German philosopher is such that contemporary French thought cannot be properly understood without reference to him. Heidegger and FrenchPhilosophyexamines the reception of Heidegger's thought in France. Tom Rockmore argues that in the period after World War II, due to the peculiar nature of the humanist French philosophical tradition, Heidegger became the master thinker of French philosophy. Rockmore engages with the controversy over Heidegger's political affiliation with Nazism and the debate on how this commitment can be reconciled with his theory. Examining the relation between Heidegger's philosophy and his politics, the book contends that the French reception of Heidegger's thought--first as philosophical anthropology and later as postmetaphysical humanism--has been systematically mistaken.

Table of Contents

Heidegger as a "French" philosopher
Heidegger and the master thinker in French philosophy
German phenomenology, French philosophy, and subjectivity
Heidegger, Sartre, and French humanism
Jean Beaufret and the "Letter on Humanism"
Heidegger's "Letter on Humanism" and French Heideggerianism
On Heidegger and contemporary French philosophy
Heidegger's Politics and French Philosophy
Heidegger, French philosophy, and the philosophical tradition
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