The Ister Reviews
These three philosophers came out of a tradition of reading Heidegger that was long aware of his involvement with Nazism yet does not discount him as a thinker on account of this political commitment. The film attempts to understand at once why Heidegger remains an important and influential thinker, in part because of a political involvement that was at once deeply na├»ve, disturbingly calculated, and profoundly convinced . Heidegger never appears to have fully parted ways with his beliefs of that time and instead, after following from grace within the Nazi leadership and apparatus, worked through a sort of a reckoning with Nazism that amounted to something like a profound distancing without a complete break, what might be thought of as a tentative and incomplete deconstruction of National Socialism, which in that sense deeply informed the work of Lacoue-Labarthe in particular.
The Ister is the title of a poem by H├Âlderlin that Heidegger made the subject of one of his courses in 1942, as it was becoming apparent that the Third Reich would not survive and quite some years after Heidegger realised that the Party would not follow anything like the path he would have liked to set for it.