Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Heidegger and the Political

PHGA 7456 Heidegger and the Political
Professor Babette E. Babich
Fall 2007
Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This course will consider the political dimension of Heidegger’s thought, emphasizing the challenges that have grown up in the wake of his thinking, from Agamben and Badiou to Zizek, Levinas, and Derrida,. Readings include Heidegger’s expressly political texts, like the Rektoratsrede and the postwar “Letter on Humanism” and his critique of technology as well as selections from his Introduction to Metaphysics and his posthumously published interview, “Only a God Can Save Us?”. The center of the course focuses on his Nietzsche lectures (he claims in these lectures to have localized his “resistance” to National Socialism) and Contributions to Philosophy, his unpublished “masterwork” from the same period. In addition to Arendt and Jaspers (and Adorno, Habermas, Derrida, Schürmann and Janicaud), we will also explore recent discussions Saint Paul and political theology, in connection with Carl Schmitt, who joined the Nazi Party with Heidegger — they were in line together — in May, 1933.

Wolin, The Heidegger Controversy (MIT Press)
Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics (Yale University Press)
——— Nietzsche 1 & 2 (Harper)
——— Nietzsche, 3 & 4 (Haper)
——— Contributions (Indiana University Press)
——— Pathmarks (Indiana University Press)
——— The Question Concerning Technology (Harper)
——— Discourse on Thinking (Harper)
Scott and Dallery, eds., Ethics and Danger (SUNY University Press)

Supplement on Politics and Theology:
Schmitt, Political Theology (University of Chicago Press
Taubes, The Political Theology of Paul (Stanford University Press)
Agamben, The Time that Remains (Stanford University Press)
Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford University Press)

Recommended Texts (in addition to other readings indicated throughout the term):
Heidegger, Mindfulness (Continuum)
Arendt and Heidegger, Letters: 1925–1975 (Harcourt)
Lacoue-Labarthe, Heidegger, Art, and Politics (Blackwell)
Žižek, The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology (Verso)
Janicaud, Heidegger en France (Michel Albin)
Kleinberg, Generation Existential (Cornell University Press)
Stiegler, Technics and Time (Stanford University Press)
Biemel and Saner, The Heidegger-Jaspers Correspondence 1920–1963 (Humanity)
Harries & Jamme, eds., Martin Heidegger: Politics, Art, and Technology (Holmes & Meier)

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