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Correspondence 1949-1975 (New Heidegger Research) Martin Heidegger(Author),Ernst Jünger(Author),Timothy Sean Quinn(Translator)

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Original name book: Correspondence 1949-1975 (New Heidegger Research)

Pages: 144

Language: English

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International; Translation edition (July 11, 2016)

By: Martin Heidegger(Author),Ernst Jünger(Author),Timothy Sean Quinn(Translator)

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A complete English translation of the correspondence between the philosopher Martin Heidegger and the novelist and essayist Ernst Jünger, together with a translation of Jünger’s essay Across the Line.

Correspondence 1949-1975: Martin Heidegger and Ernst Jünger (2016) presents an intimate portrait of two influential German philosophers. The letters provide significant insight into Heidegger and Jünger’s philosophical minds, as well as the eras from post-WWII to the Cold War. The letters are an important collection, and while the correspondence can be found elsewhere, this version benefits from a fluid and intelligible translation. In addition, translator Timothy Sean Quinn, Philosophy Department Chair at Xavier University, has included Jünger’s essay “Über de Linie” or “Across the Line” at the end of the correspondence. This inclusion fits well, as mention of the essay appears in the early letters, written as a gift for Heidegger on his 60th birthday. “Across the Line” functions as bookends to the letters and provides the reader with a perspective of time, place, and philosophical theory that, perhaps, the letters alone could not perform.... Quinn’s publication comes at an interesting time in the world, a time that reflects the era in which Jünger and Heidegger were composing. Quinn’s translation reads smoothly, is intellectually stimulating, and poetically intriguing. Without a doubt this collection is a valuable addition to the canon of research for both Heidegger and Jünger. (Phenomenological Reviews)While each is a neglected figure in American academia, the correspondence of these two impressive thinkers makes for an impressive addition to understanding their oeuvres. There is a tendency to think of philosophers and writers as devoid of personal lives, and hopefully this volumewill contribute to rectifying that error. (Mountain Statesman)With this elegant translation, Timothy Sean Quinn allows us to eavesdrop on a fascinating conversation: two prolific authors, moved by Nietzsche to confront nihilism, discuss their writings and share life’s moments - Heidegger consoles Jünger for the loss of his spouse, and the final letter, sent by Heidegger’s wife, is a collection of poems that had comforted him on his deathbed. The humanity of the thinker strikingly emerges in these beautifully rendered exchanges. (Chad Engelland, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Dallas) Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher and one of the most important European thinkers of the twentieth century.Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was a celebrated German novelist, essayist and philosopher.Timothy Sean Quinn, the translator, is Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University, USA.

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  • By Robert Bolton on January 31, 2017

    Among the greatest writers in postwar German literature were Ernst Jünger and Martin Heidegger. The former, whom I have written about previously, was a veteran of the First World War and novelist who described the experiences of combat as a clarifying force. Heidegger, on the other hand, was an existential philosopher whose book Being and Time loomed large over Continental academic departments for most of the second half of the twentieth century. Gravitating towards similar social circles, they met for the first time in 1948 and began to exchange letters the following year. The complete Correspondence, 1949-1975 has now been printed in English for the first time by the British publisher Rowman & Littlefield International.The prompt to initiate their correspondence was a close associate of Jünger’s had proposed the two contribute to a new journal on philosophy. Heidegger, however, remained ambivalent and replied, “The joint appearance of our names, even under the simple form of a regular collaboration, would be transformed into a political event that would perhaps either shake our last secure position, or in the end confuse it.” This alludes to the criticism both had received after World War Two as enablers of fascism. While defenders of Jünger could truthfully state he was a conservative nationalist who refused to join the Nazi Party, Heidegger was well known for his enthusiastic membership and had been banned by the Allied occupation authorities from teaching. As such, the idea proved impractical and the publishing venture ultimately died. The correspondence continued, however, until Heidegger’s death in 1975.The subsequent letters range from those of substantial depth to the fleeting salutation or invitation to tea. Occasionally, they reveal the pressures each operated under, such as Heidegger’s paranoid comment about a former Jewish colleague interested in the aforementioned journal, or Jünger’s commenting on the merits of French occupation versus British oversight. Relatively few of the letters display philosophic insights into the worldview of each that cannot be found elsewhere, although Heidegger does comment on an interesting maxim by Antoine Rivarol. The subject most recurrent is their mutual interest in the effect of technology on modern society. Interestingly, this was a subject covered in greater depth by Friedrich Georg Jünger, Ernst’s brother, but with the exception of a few brief missives, his voice is absent from this collection. Despite respecting one another, it is surprising how formal the letters remain over the span of a quarter-century. There are only fleeting allusions to family, and the letters are almost entirely devoid of humor. The one grimly amusing moment was when Jünger’s wife dies in 1960 and Heidegger writes a letter of consolation. The next letter less than two years later has Heidegger addressing Jünger and his new wife.What is also notable regarding this correspondence is how one-sided it is. Each was widely respected by their readership, but most of the initiative to exchange views was performed by Jünger. This might be in part because Heidegger was an intimidating thinker and Jünger desired his respect, but I cannot help but suspect Heidegger regarded him as only a polite acquaintance. Following Heidegger’s death, included are his son’s letters wishing Jünger a happy birthday and a request for copies of their correspondence for publication. The last (and best) portion of this slim volume is an essay by Jünger titled “Over the Line” that was originally part of a Festschrift in honor of Heidegger. In it, Jünger seeks to explain the effect of Friedrich Nietzsche and nihilism as reflected in modern technology, concluding the worst of Europe’s days were over. In a letter responding to “Over the Line,” Heidegger remained ambiguous about humanity’s ability to control and give meaning to its environment.While each is a neglected figure in American academia, the correspondence of these two impressive thinkers makes for an important addition to understanding their oeuvres. There is a tendency to think of philosophers and writers as devoid of personal lives, and hopefully this volume will contribute to rectifying that error. Although their records will remain controversial, I am glad Heidegger and Jünger still have a voice in the twenty-first century.

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