Heidegger and The Occlusion of the Political

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This paper aims to advance our understanding of Heidegger’s politics as it is laid bare within the ‘Schwarze Hefte’. Yet my interest is not in Heidegger’s first order political views, but rather in his conception of the political sphere per se. Beginning from a close analysis of the earliest volume of the notebooks, Gesamtausgabe Bd.94, I suggest that the dominant characterisation of the political space within Heidegger’s text is as a threat - to philosophy and to ontology. Underlying that characterisation, however, it is simultaneously possible to identify another pattern, one on which the political is itself gradually suppressed or occluded by the ontological. This tacit occlusion has, I suggest, a number of deeply problematic consequences. I close by indicating how the argument might be extended to the question of a Heideggerian ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeschichte, Politik, Ideologie. Heideggers ,Schwarze Hefte‘ im Kontext
EditorsGunter Figal, Nikola Mirkovic, David Espinet, Tobias Keiling
PublisherMohr Siebeck
ISBN (Print)9783161547904
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


  • Martin Heidegger
  • Black Notebooks
  • Schwarze Hefte
  • History of Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy


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