On Heidegger today. A note.
I had inquired of a friend in Germany what in the mid-19th century the
German word translated "science" hadhad meant. He referred me to a
chapter in Daniel Bensaid, Marx for Our Times: Adventures and
Misadventures of a Critique, and confirmed my suspicion that the word
did not carry the positivist sense it carries in Anglo-phone thought
today. He identified Bensaid, like many French raad Germans more
seriously than Germans do at present. In Germany, he said, all the
University philosophy departments are dominated by positivists. No
Heidegger or Sartre or Marx.
The German thinker most often mentioned in Critical Inquirey, especially
in articles also featuring Derrida, has been a man named Kettle (I
forget his first name), who wrote a history of the typewriter's impact
on culture. Thought moves on, but always circles back as well.