“[I]f Heidegger’s thought is necessarily Nazi to the core, then that implies that careers, indeed whole departments in some cases, along with the futures of students entering this tradition, have been grossly misguided, at best, and have no proper prospects in philosophy.”
— Gregory Fried, Confronting Heidegger: A Critical Dialogue on Politics and Philosophy (2020)
The editors at the Blog of the American Philosophical Association have been kind enough to publish my piece on Hans Blumenberg’s 1954 essay about New Year’s Eve.
The editors of the Cleveland Review of Books have been kind enough to publish my review of the latest translation of Nietzsche’s notebooks from Stanford University Press.
[I]t seems at least possible that tweets are just tweets—that as difficult as criticism in the social media age may be to contend with at times, it bears no meaningful resemblance to genocides, excommunications, executions, assassinations, political imprisonments, and official bans past. Perhaps we should choose instead to understand cancel culture as something much more mundane: ordinary public disfavor voiced by ordinary people across new platforms.
The point has already been made (1969) in a stronger fashion. Kojin Karatani reminds us of Louis Althusser’s words (below). In Althusser’s example, philosophy stands in for “cancel culture.”
The forms and arguments of the fight may vary, but if the whole history of philosophy is merely the history of these forms, they have only to be reduced to the immutable tendencies that they represent for the transformation of these forms to become a kind of game for nothing. Ultimately, philosophy has no history; philosophy is that strange theoretical site where nothing really happens, nothing but this repetition of nothing.