Heidegger, Martin, The Self-Assertion of the German University and The. Rectorate / Facts and Thoughts, Review of Metaphysics, (Mar .). of this “Heidegger controversy” (Thomson ) shows that it has long had the .. Heidegger’s Rectorial Address lays great stress on the need for scientists to. Martin Heidegger wanted his writings to speak for themselves. The necessary new edition of the Rectoral Address, which appeared in Prance in in a.
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Knowledge does not serve the professions, quite the reverse: Was there not enough reason and essential distress, for the sake of such rectofial on the spirit of the Western world, to awaken and to lead into battle that place which was considered the seat of the cultivation of knowledge and insight — the German university?
In accepting the rectorate, Heidegger apparently hoped to regenerate the university, steering it on a course relatively free from the rebarbative elements of Nazi influence. If it holds this ground, that is to say, if from such steadfastness — in essential nearness to the hard-pressing insistence of all things— arises a common questioning and a communally tuned recforial, then it will gain the strength to lead.
Martin Heidegger and Nazism
An Electronic Journal, 12 March Only if we resolutely submit to this rdctorial command to recapture the greatness of the beginning, will science become the innermost necessity of our being Dasein. How is this totality determined?
Some conversations in those times could cost you your head. Danger comes not from work for the State. Only in the interest of the university, which did not figure in the play of political forces, did I, who had never belonged to a political party, accept the invitation, but hheidegger, too, only on the expressly acknowl- edged condition that I would never take on a party office or engage in any party activity, especially not in my capacity as rector.
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Full text of “Martin Heidegger – The Self Assertion of the German University “
In this speech, Heidegger declared that “science must become the power that shapes the body of the German university. But Heidegger is a step ahead: His appointment of Jewish deans, admission of Jewish students to his classes, and continued relations with Jewish colleagues after he became rector make allegations of anti-Semitism insupportable.
In that interview, he stated: It meant primarily freedom from concern, arbitrariness of intentions and inclinations, lack of restraint in what was done and left undone. The elevated, academic language, with its careful balancing of this against that, materially contributes to the appearance of disinterestedness. Yale University Press,p.
It is perhaps also worth noting that the Nazis had the address withdrawn from circulation soon after Heidegger resigned the rectorate. Stein appeared sud- denly, unannounced and by car, and conversed eagerly with the Heidelberg participants in the camp.
The will to the essence of the German university is the will to science as will to the historical spiritual mission of the German people as a people [“Volk”] that knows itself in its state [“Staat”].
Cited by Sheehan, op. The first bond binds into the community of the people.
Heidegger at Freiburg, 1933
Today this fragmented multi- plicity of disciplines is held together only by the technical orga- nization of universities and faculties, and retains some importance only because of the practical aims pursued by the different specialties. I understood defense as self-defense.
They moved, as they had for decades, in the well-trodden paths of faculty politics. One addrese not use us because in connection with this publication an attack on “existential philosophy” was being planned, which later was indeed carried out. Unpleasant occurrences, some of them painful, followed.
It comes only from indifference and resistance. Yale University Review of Metaphysics 38 March The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy  Faye claims that Heidegger’s philosophy was close to Nazism and that fascist and racist ideas are so woven into the fabric of his thought that it does not deserve to be called heideggeer.
Hancke from Berlin appeared in a seminar; very gifted and interested, he worked with me. The Der Spiegel interviewers were not in possession of most of the evidence for Heidegger’s Nazi sympathies now known, and thus their questions did not press too strongly on those points.
He had to resign from office. Most of its supporters, too, no longer credited it with the strength to master the crisis. The controversial page of the manuscript is missing from the Heidegger Archives in Marbach. Harper and Row,