|The cure for your insomnia
||[Aug. 20th, 2004|09:12 am]
|||||Dimmu Borgir - Raabjarn Speiler Draugheimens Skodde||]|
Here's the thing you need to know about Heidegger.
Heidegger is a big, fat, Nazi clown.
He was in the Nazi party for about a year and then dropped out because he felt underappreciated. This is the attitude one must approach his work from. Now, it's not to say that he's a complete waste - the major modes of philosophy of the 20th century (briefly and incompletely described here) may be directly ascribed (either in a positive or negative sense) to his phenomenological works:
Existentialism (Sartre, Camus, Beckett, Kafka, &c) draws on the 'lifeness' of phenomenology and continues to consider the lived experience. Its concreteness comes about as an extension of the thinking Heidegger did on 'experience'.
Poststructuralism (Foucault, Saussure) began the monumental task of considering a text a work, and explored ways to undermine it in direct negation of the claims of Kant (primarily his claims that space, time, and "categories" are ahistorical).
Deconstructionism (Derrida, Lyotard, Irigaray) continues this work and argues the 'differance' - following the lines of power in a work, examining how modes of authority are asserted through the work, and then looking for linguistic ways to subvert this. Deconstructionism and poststructuralism flow back and forth through one another in a lot of ways - the 'uncovering' nature in both can be connected to Heidegger's ideas on world (disclosure) and earth (concealment).
Sleepy yet? Good. I got stuff to do.