From: Malcolm Riddoch <m.riddoch@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 03:36:00 +0800
On Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at 01:06 AM, Patrick Isocat wrote:
i have not taken a position on the Iraq war, for
the record. and i don't see what the Iraq war
has to do with Heidegger. it seems like a lot of
twisting and forcing to get the kinds of meanings
some of you are getting out of Heidegger.
I'm interested in Heidegger's Nietzsche interpretation that interprets
the current world order in terms of the will to will so I've been going
through the Farrell Krell edition of the Nietzsche volumes along with
'The question Concerning Technology' and various other of his 30's and
40's texts on Nietzsche.
In this problematic Heidegger offers a critique of Nazism as will to
will and broadens this critique to include all other forms of knowledge
and political order coming under the sway of technological thinking as
the historically dominant form of the understanding of being. It's the
problem concerning technology, and it runs through his entire post WW2
career. The controversial proposition Heidegger makes is that democracy
and Americanism are 'essentially' the same as Nazism and both orders
are constituted in the consummation of metaphysical truth as will to
What this might all actually mean is the question that I'm trying to
work through, and I only have this current world order and its wars of
aggression as an example to work with. It's a question of history which
means the present, our historical horizon and its future projection. In
this sense the Iraq war is for me obviously a matter for philosophical
debate in terms of the will to power.
I don't think you necessarily need to take a position on the Iraq war,
I'm just following through on Heidegger's extremely pessimistic
analysis of the global order to see where it goes and I have a tendency
towards anti-fascism. What do you think?
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