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Verteidigung der Ironie: Heidegger und die Rektoratsrede

The paper offers a reading of Heidegger’s notorious speech, The Self-Assertion of the German University, which, first, shows why the suggestion of a „German science or philosophy“ could be taken as ironic, or at least uncertain, and therefore perhaps points to a completely different thesis. If we take this possibility seriously, we have to face a five-fold uncertainty in the text: the uncertainty of totality, questioning, resoluteness, exposure – and the uncertainty of uncertainty itself. If we follow some clues in a reference to Plato’s Apology, Heidegger may be ironically defending philosophy by arguing for an impossible defense.