Saturday, April 29, 2006

Kant on Heidegger

Jens Timmermann recently told me about a few rather interesting and amusing sections in the "Anthropologie" and the relevant Reflexionen by Kant. (The Reflexionen are Kant's hand-written notes.)

In the "Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht", Kant mentions in a footnote that Heidegger claimed to have the most hideous face in the whole of London (AA:7, p. 300). In R1067 (AA:15, p. 473) he makes a list of repulsive things, including: "Disgusting faces of old women. Heidegger. The foul and excremental aspects of the animal body in general. Disgusting illnesses." In R1498 (AA:15, p. 774) he mentions Heidegger together with loathsomeness.

(I think this conclusively proves that Kant was not only a genius but also a clairvoyant.)


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