Heidegger’s Entscheidung: “Decision” Between “Fate” and “Destiny”, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Heidegger’s Entscheidung

“Decision” Between “Fate” and “Destiny”, 1st Edition

By Norman K. Swazo

Routledge India

216 pages

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Description

This book critically examines the debate on Martin Heidegger’s concept of Entscheidung ("decision") and his engagement and confrontation with Nazism in terms of his broader philosophical thought. It argues that one cannot explain Heidegger’s actions without accounting for his idea of "decision" and its connection to his understanding of individual "fate" and national (and European) "destiny". The book looks at the relation of biography to philosophy and the ethical and political implications of appropriating Heidegger’s thinking in these domains of inquiry. It highlights themes such as Heidegger’s differences with the neo-Kantians in Germany; Heidegger on Kant and practical reason; and his reading of Nietzsche and Hegel. It offers a philosophical assessment grounded in Heidegger’s own texts, with reference to historical and other philosophical commentaries on the rise of National Socialism in post-Weimar Germany and the philosophical issues associated with the interpretation of Nazi genocide and ideology.

An important intervention in Western philosophy, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of political philosophy, continental philosophy, German philosophy, philosophy in general and political studies.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The "Debate" Again

Chapter One: Heidegger's "Historical" Situation

Chapter Two: Heidegger on Kant and Practical Reason

Chapter Three: Heidegger's Intimations of Entscheidung

Chapter Four: Concluding Reflections

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Norman K. Swazo is Professor of Philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He specializes in recent European philosophy, ethics in international affairs, biomedical ethics, and philosophy of religion, and has numerous publications in journals within these areas. He is the author of several books, including Crisis Theory and World Order: Heideggerian Reflections (2002), Destroying Idols: Revisioning the Meaning of ‘God’ (2019), and editor of Contemporary Moral Problems and Applied Ethics: An Anthology (2018).

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