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Heidegger and the Problem of Evil

Translated into English by Patrick Trompiz and Agata Bielik-Robson

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Cezary Wodziński

This book provides an encompassing and thorough study of Martin Heidegger’s thought. It is not only a presentation but also a profound critique of the thinker’s beliefs. In the context of Heidegger’s cooperation with Nazism, the author reflects on the reasons behind his inability to confront the problem of evil and vulnerability to the threats of totalitarianism.
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What point did we reach in our reflections, to which we gave the provisionary title “Heidegger and the problem of evil”? Where are we on the way which, on the one hand, was supposed to be a way of thinking-together and asking-together but, on the other, was a way that began with the “dissent about Heidegger”, led us through the “dissent with Heidegger” and ended in a place where we were finally able to begin a proper debate “about the matter of thinking”? Are we at the point of the sought after “whereto”? And in what sense? In the sense of an “ending”, which brings investigations to their final limit? That is, in the sense of conclusio: a “closure” which links end with beginning? In other words, are we in the place of the answer to the original question, of a conclusive reply? But we said at the beginning that philosophical questions can be answered – in a way truly resposible for the thinking-together – only by a further question. What does this mean? What does it mean “here”, in this specific place reached by our wandering reflections?

To wander-through means always something more than just reaching a certain point: it means to be continuously on the way. The topography of the road was drawn by the three first parts; its topology was elucidated by the last two. “Meanings” appeared to be a knot of ambivalence which could not be solved by any solution. The topographic work was...

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