Category Archives: Existentialism

Wolfson – The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other (2018)

The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other (2018) By Elliot R. Wolfson Published by Columbia University Press (2018) Publisher Summary: Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) is considered one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century in … Continue reading

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Being, Place and Living Authentically

Here’s a nicely produced video short with various AR figures discussing the Heideggerian sense of place and its central role in forming authentic ethnic identity and the rootedness of Being.

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The Camus-Sartre Split

It’s interesting how the Camus-Sartre split — with Sartre the ardent communist condoning violence in the interests of a communist utopia, and Camus the socialist skeptic of communism – parallels what’s going on today, where totalitarian Antifa anti-globalists parallel Sartre, … Continue reading

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Martin & Fritz

After the publication of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, which I previously wrote about, there has been a clamoring for the Heidegger family to release his familial correspondence. In “Heidegger and Anti-Semitism Yet Again: The Correspondence Between the Philosopher and His Brother … Continue reading

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Michel Houellebecq: The Root, Youth

From the 2010 Paris Review interview with Michel Houellebecq: “I am persuaded that feminism is not at the root of political correctness. The actual source is much nastier and dares not speak its name, which is simply hatred for old … Continue reading

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The Novel as a Tool for Survival

Arthur Krystal’s essay “The Novel as a Tool for Survival” is one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve ever come across on the existential power of literature. Krystal limns meat onto the most ineffable dynamics of literature. (I’m also currently … Continue reading

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The Influence of Heidegger Today

Alexander Duff has a lengthy piece on the relevance of Heidegger to the current flush of nationalisms rumbling (if not yet sweeping) both the Western world and parts of the non-Western world (“Heidegger’s Ghosts”): A specter haunts the post-Cold War … Continue reading

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Anomalisa (2015)

Written and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa is a stop-motion play on the horrifying banality of existence. Overall, I don’t think the film garners it’s hype and 90+ RT rating, and I generally agree with David Edelstein, who writes: [T]he … Continue reading

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Heidegger: Alleged Paradigm Shift

In his new book, Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift, Stanford Religious Studies Professor Thomas Sheehan argues that Heidegger scholarship of the last 50 years has been fundamentally misguided in its understanding of Heidegger’s own project: “I am happy … Continue reading

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The Denial of Death

I’ve long believed fear of death is the driving force behind almost everything we do, particularly Culture-writ-large. And when it comes to culture, the magnitude of that driving force is proportionally related to how sublimated that fear of death is. … Continue reading

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