For him, the key experiences and challenges of existence are individual: Alone we suffer, alone we die, and alone we must make meaning out of our fate. The highest value, then, is not goodness but authenticity; above all, authenticity in the face of death. To accept one’s actual condition of mortality and thrownness, not to flee from these difficult facts into consoling illusions and abstractions, is for Heidegger the ultimate moral achievement. As he writes, “Authentic Being-towards-death can not evade its ownmost non-relational possibility, or cover up this possibility by fleeing from it, or give a new explanation for it to accord with the common sense of ‘the they.’ ”Except that, as this piece makes clear, Heidegger's own illusions and abstractions were precisely designed to console nihilists. Another faith-based world view. It isn't faith that's the problem, though. It's where you place that faith.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
… Is Heidegger's Philosophical Complexity Enough to Excuse His Overt Anti-Semitism? – Tablet Magazine.