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"I shall speak of ghost, of flame, and of ashes." These are the first words of Jacques Derrida's lecture on Heidegger. It is again a question of Nazism—of what remains to be thought through of Nazism in general and of Heidegger's Nazism in particular. It is also "politics of spirit" which at the time people thought—they still want to today—to oppose to the inhuman.

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Paperback, 148 pages
Published April 9th 1991 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1987)
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Jonfaith
Jun 27, 2014 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
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(That's what I like about Heidegger. When I think about him, when I read him, I'm aware of both of these vibrations at the same time. It's always horribly dangerous and wildly funny, certainly grave and a bit comical.)

That wonky Derrida, pulling an aside about the knee-slapping effects of Heidegger, especially in a text devoted to Martin H's involvement with Third Reich. That is brazen. The book deals with Heidegger's evasions and the changing forms with which the word spirit (geist) takes in He
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Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 Mr. rated it really liked it
The question of Heidegger and politics has plagued (and will continue to plague) continental philosophy since Heidegger's induction into the Recktorship under the Nazi regime in the thirties.

Why did he? But, and perhaps more importantly, why does something like Nazism come up? What is it about the West that breeds this kind of pathological racism? And how could Heidegger, for all his time concerned with, and working on authenticity and inauthenticity get swept up in the most inauthentic politic
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Spoust1
Jun 03, 2010 Spoust1 rated it liked it
I was about to write that Derrida's interpretation of Heidegger is interesting because Derrida is, in a sense, a Heideggerian. Then, the Derrida in me responded: "Is not the term 'Heideggerian' highly problematic? For to call a person or a text 'Heideggerian' presupposes that we can identify a particular quality that we might, in a gesture that I will not be so hasty as to call 'Heideggerian,' call 'Heideggerian-ness.' That is, in order to call something 'Heideggerian,' we would have to know som ...more
David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 David Markwell rated it really liked it
Derrida looks at the explicit (and implicit) uses of Geist in Heidegger's writings from Being and Time through the late works on Trakl and Holderlin. Along the way Derrida criticizes Heidegger's Dasein and it's (lack) of animal nature. A really fascinating read and well worth the time it takes.
Barış Özgür
Sep 23, 2015 Barış Özgür rated it liked it
questioning the question, the famous heideggerian remedy, questioning the questioning this time. and of course some sticky stink arises while it is applied on itself and by itself.
M7md Alghanmi
Aug 09, 2014 M7md Alghanmi rated it it was ok
مثير لـ… اممم التواضع.
نعم، مثير للتواضع.
William
Mar 27, 2016 William rated it really liked it
what happened?
Ammon
Jul 10, 2008 Ammon rated it it was amazing
Essential for anyone wanting to understand how to treat the relationship between Heidegger's philosophy and his national socialism seriously. Also crucial for understanding the ontological themes in deconstruction. One of Derrida's most sustained considerations of Heidegger, whose work shows up in subtle and ambiguous ways in all of Derrida's texts.Also crucial for understanding the complexities of post-modernisms ambivalence towards humanism.
Alex Obrigewitsch
Jul 22, 2014 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it
An interesting read, eliciting much thought. Far from Derrida's strongest, most powerful works though.
William Durden
This is another Derrida work, like Politics of Friendship, that I need to re-read. There is a very important moment in a footnote to the ninth chapter that I base my impressions of this work on, which just emphasizes how little of this I actually retained in reading it.
Nasrudin muhammad
Feb 09, 2012 Nasrudin muhammad rated it liked it
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Bagaimana Derrida yang heideggerian membaca Heidegger. :)
Vince
Jul 29, 2012 Vince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is the best exposition of what spirit really is.
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Jacques Derrida was the founder of “deconstruction,” a way of criticizing not only both literary and philosophical texts but also political institutions. Although Derrida at times expressed regret concerning the fate of the word “deconstruction,” its popularity indicates the wide-ranging influence of his thought, in philosophy, in literary criticism and theory, in art and, in particular, architect ...more
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