strategies of sense-making

a review of Heidegger in America by Martin Woessner

What emerges from this approach is an analysis of the ‘personal’ or pre-philosophical dimension of reception. Heidegger’s protégés engaged with his work in the context of their prior engagements with his ‘charismatic persona,’ encountered primarily through his pedagogy. His diffusion was therefore secured not so much by his thought as by his intellectual aura; his ‘style of thinking.’ This suggests a reshaping of reception history, not merely as a ‘study of textual migrations,’ but as an inquiry into the social psychology of intellectuals. What schemas, what strategies of sense-making, would lead one to identify oneself, consciously or not, as a Heideggerian?

read the review in Radical Philosophy 174

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