Black Notebooks

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The Black Notebooks (German: Schwarze Hefte) are a set of notebooks written by German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889–1976), which were first published in 2014.[1][2] They were edited by Peter Trawny. Originally a set of small notebooks with black covers in which Heidegger jotted observations, they have been collated into a 1000-page transcript.[3] The first notebook is missing. The subsequent notebooks will be published in the Gesamtausgabe. So far fourteen notebooks have been published encompassing the years 1931–1941 (GA 94–96). The notebooks from 1942-1945 are in private possession but they have already been prepared for publication. The notebooks contain more explicitly anti-Semitic content than Heidegger's previously published writings,[1] reigniting the debate about Heidegger's Nazism and its relationship to his philosophical project.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul Hockenos, "Release of Heidegger’s 'Black Notebooks' Reignites Debate Over Nazi Ideology"
  2. "Heidegger's 'black notebooks' reveal antisemitism at the core of his philosophy". Retrieved 2014-03-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jonathan Rée, "In defence of Heidegger" Prospect

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