Statement of the Heidegger Circle on free debate

The recently published volumes of “Black Notebooks” have provided new evidence on the topics of Martin Heidegger’s relationship to the National Socialist party and his attitudes toward Jews. A vigorous debate on these topics has ensued. The Heidegger Circle affirms the need for such a debate and supports the right of all readers to argue for their interpretations in an open and respectful environment, where they may expect to be met with philosophical and textual objections but to be free from all personal intimidation.

We have learned that Prof. Donatella Di Cesare has been the target of death threats in part for publishing work that is critical of Heidegger and of anti-Semitism. We support Prof. Di Cesare, and we welcome her and all philosophical contributions to the debate. We strongly condemn any criminal and anti-philosophical intimidations.