By Jean-François Lyotard
Jean-Francois Lyotard's contribution to the controversy, Heidegger and 'the Jews, ' is a marked departure from the traditional fare. within the first of the 2 interrelated essays, 'the Jews, ' Leotard speedy establishes the subject of the whole textual content, putting 'the Jews' in decrease case, plural, and in citation marks to symbolize the outsiders, the nonconformists: the artists, anarchists, blacks, homeless, Arabs, and so on. --and the Jews; as an alien and hazardous disruption, they signify an 'other' to be excised from the West's dream of unbounded achievement and improvement. In "Heidegger," the second one essay, Lyotard units a few principles for "explicating" the "Heidegger affair," so much of which prescribe a detailed textual studying and the cautious upkeep of the explicit shape within which the affair is represented: an unheimliche.
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The double blow includes a first blow, the first excitation, which upsets the apparatus with such "force" that it is not registered. It is like a whistle that is inaudible to humans but not to dogs, or like infrared or ultraviolet light. In terms of a general mechanics, the force of the excitation cannot be "bound," composed, neutralized, fixed in accordance with other forces "within" the apparatus, and to that extent it does not give rise to a mise-en-scene. This force is not set to work in the machine of the mind.
But as far as forgetting is concerned, this memory of the memorial is intensely selective; it requires the forgetting of that which may question the community and its legitimacy. This is not to say that memory does not address this problem, quite the contrary. It represents, may and must represent, tyranny, discord, civil war, the mutual sharing of shame, and conflicts born of rage and hate. , it might be a monument) that, because of the single representation it makes of them, "surmounts" them.
Now, that the elimination of the forgotten must be forgotten in order to be accomplished testifies to the fact that the forgotten is always there. For it has never been there in any other way than forgotten, and its forgetting forgotten. Vernichtung, the Nazi name for annihilation, is not so different from foreclosure, Verleugnung. The difference lies in this "detail": millions of administered murders. If there is "dialectics" then, this inevitable fashion of occidental thought, it is negative dialectics, not only because its movement does not get resolved in a Resultat, in a work, but because it does not affect moments, "formations," entities that will have been here and now and can, in this future perfect, be collected in the Erinnerung, the memory that interiorizes.
Heidegger and "the Jews" by Jean-François Lyotard