Between Exclusion and Intersection: Heidegger’s Philosophy and Jewish Volkism

NB This is a rescheduling of the seminar originally planned for Hilary term

The German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s idiosyncratic and deeply philosophical account of the German volk stood at the heart of his political support of National Socialism. This, however, did not prevent some of his Jewish thinkers to identify with the volkish elements in his philosophy and find them pertinent for describing their own condition as Jews in the modern world. This paper will try to explain how these Jewish readers drew on Heidegger’s thought while differentiating between his loathsome and anti-Jewish practical politics and his volkism, which was seen as fitting and useful for the Jewish case.