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REWORDING THE PAST: THE POSTWAR PUBLICATION OF A 1938 LECTURE BY MARTIN HEIDEGGER*

  • SIDONIE KELLERER (a1)
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In 1950 Martin Heidegger published his 1938 lecture “Die Zeit des Weltbildes” in the essay collection Holzwege. He did so in order to document his “inner resistance” after the mid-1930s against the Nazi regime. This text has since been seen as evidence for Heidegger's early rejection of National Socialism and his refusal of a modern ideology that culminated in the totalitarian system. In spite of its influence, the published text has never been compared to the original lecture delivered in 1938. The assessment has now been made, and the differences between the two documents are a striking testimony to the artful falsifications that Heidegger used to re-establish his reputation and philosophical standing after the collapse of the Nazi system.

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This study has been made possible by a 2010 grant by the German Literary Archive in Marbach in order to study some of its Heidegger documents, a grant which resulted in a first report in German: Sidonie Kellerer, “Heideggers Maske: ‘Die Zeit des Weltbildes’, Metamorphose eines Textes,” Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, 5/2 (2011), 109–20. I am also much indebted to Till van Rahden for numerous discussions on the topic and for his helpful advice. To Gaëtan Pégny and Cynthia Miller-Idriss I am grateful for their thorough reading of the text and various improvements and for useful suggestions.

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Theodore Kisiel , “Heidegger's Gesamtausgabe: An International Scandal of Scholarship,” Philosophy Today, 39/1 (Spring 1995), 315

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Modern Intellectual History
  • ISSN: 1479-2443
  • EISSN: 1479-2451
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