I have recently become enamored, once again, with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. This came about because of my study of archetypal psychology, which has been underway for about 15 years or so. I began my philosophical journey several years prior to that, becoming interested in Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and existentialism in general. So, I’ve really come full-circle.
I grew interested in Heidegger after reading comments concerning him by Francis Schaeffer, the evangelical theologian, back about 1986. Schaeffer did not like Heidegger. I figured that he must be someone worth investigating, if he was so disliked by a conservative.
What I found was not at all what I had been led to believe. No surprise, evangelicals have been misleading people for a long time. Heidegger was doing serious philosophical thinking. I didn’t comprehend it all at the time, but it led me into attempting to understand better, not only myself, but the world and its philosophical and ontological history.
I realize Heidegger was a Nazi. This is disheartening, I agree. But I am of the opinion that discounting his work because he was a Nazi is a logical fallacy. He had much to offer the world of thinking, regardless of his political views.
I’ve just finished a book by Robert Avens called The New Gnosis: Heidegger, Hillman, and Angels. In it, Avens ties together the archetypal thinking of Hillman and Corbin with Heidegger. It’s a fascinating work, and one which has led me back to Heidegger to reexamine his thinking. It has also inspired me to begin attempting to write again. Hopefully, I will pen several articles about what I’ve learned and what I’ve been working on.
Until next time,
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