Studies in Continental Thought

Ponderings XII-XV

Black notebooks 1939-1941

Martin Heidegger

Translated by Richard Rojcewicz

Ponderings XII–XV is third in a series of four "Black Notebooks" which Martin Heidegger composed in the early years of World War II. As always with Heidegger, the thoughts expressed here are not superficial reflections on current events, but instead penetrate deeply into them in order to contemplate their historical importance. Throughout his ponderings, Heidegger meditates on the call for an antidote to the rampant technological attitude which views all things with a dismissive consumer mentality. Although this volume causedquite a scandal when originally published in German due to references to World-Judaism, English readers with access to the full text can now judge for themselves what Heidegger means in his use of that term. In style, this notebook is less aphoristic and more sustained than the previous ones, but remains probing, challenging, and fascinating.

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136640
Indiana University Press
Bloomington, Ind.
2017
238 pages
ISBN 9780253029317
Series
Studies in Continental Thought