Symposium: "Heidegger's 'National-Humanism': A Symposium on Derrida's Lost Geschlecht III"


Date & Time:   Feb 07, 2019 - Feb 08, 2019 (09:00 AM to 17:00 PM)


Glasscock Library, Texas A&M University

Description: This symposium will focus on one of the most exciting publications in continental thought of the past recent years. Derrida's newly discovered Geschlecht III presents us with a meticulous reading of Heidegger's national-humanism, a nationalistic undercurrent in Heidegger's thought that posits German and Germany as the privileged medium through which to think the essence of the human and its relationship to the fate of the West. 

Bringing together the French editors and English translators of Geschlecht III - Geoffrey Bennington (Emory University), Katie Chenoweth (Princeton University) and Rodrigo Therezo (Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg), the event promises to open up a less visible - but absolutely essential - dimension of Heidegger's politics, a dimension somewhat occluded by the recent scholarship on Heidegger's Black Notebooks. In Geschlecht III, Derrida goes after Heidegger precisely in places where Heidegger denounces and renounces the biologico-racial ideology of the Nazi Party; the sinister irony that Geschlecht III teases out is that, just when he seems to be at his least nationalistic, Heidegger ends up surreptitiously affirming a more “profound” kind of nationalism that is not unequivocally critical of the worst kind of nationalism as Heidegger would want it to be. 

Symposium coordinator:  Dr. Adam R. Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of International Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Cosponsors: European Union Center, Department of Political Science; Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research; Department of Philosophy; Department of History; France/TAMU Institute; and Social, Cultural, and Political Theory Working Group, Texas A&M University