Das harte Geschlecht: Derrida reading heidegger in Geschlecht III

Christian Sommer, Katie Chenoweth

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This article suggests that the deconstruction of Heidegger’s reading of Holderlin in the Letter on Humanism is a precondition for what Derrida attempts to do in his commentary of Heidegger’s reading of Trakl in Geschlecht III. This preliminary deconstruction, through a constellation of Holderlinian motifs (“homeland,” “return home,” “Occident,” “Greece,” “Germany”), controls the topology of Geschlecht III and determines Derrida’s approach to the themes of “nationality” and “philosophical nationalism”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-449
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophy Today
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Deconstruction
  • Derrida
  • Heidegger
  • Holderlin


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