Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Polt, Richard. "Review of Andrew Haas' THE IRONY OF HEIDEGGER." NDPR (July (2008).

Haas, Andrew. The Irony of Heidegger. London: Continuum, 2007. After reading a good deal of Heidegger, we start to hear his tones of voice and anticipate his rhetorical strategies. We recognize, for instance, that his lecture courses deliberately pile tension upon tension. We realize that he often pursues a line of thought simply in order to build a house of cards that he will then blow down. Certain words he uses drip with sarcasm, such as freischwebend (free-floating) and harmlos (innocuous). When Heidegger characterizes any viewpoint in these terms, it's a giveaway that he is offering the position a final cigarette before submitting it to his philosophical firing squad. In Andrew Haas' The Irony of Heidegger, then, one might expect to find an interpretation that explored Heidegger's tonalities and tropes in the light of the content of his thought -- but one's expectations might be confounded. . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13686.

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