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Volume 2015, Issue 207


Heidegger and the signs of history

Jonathan Hope
Published Online: 2015-07-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0048


Heidegger’s conception of the sign formulated in Sein und Zeit (1996 [1927]) may shed some light on his disastrous, philosophical and political experience with Nazism. In order to show this, I propose to assess how Heidegger establishes the relationship between signs and history in his magnum opus. Then, relying on the fact – central to Heidegger’s thinking, and to sign studies in general – that ideas are linked to the world, I will proceed to examine how Heidegger’s philosophical meditations stand up to his real-life engagements. My final remarks, more interrogative than declarative, will raise the question as to how Heidegger was lured into believing that Nazism represented a moment of truth.

Keywords: Heidegger; Sein und Zeit; sign studies; history


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Published Online: 2015-07-15

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 207, Pages 567–581, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0048.

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