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Week of June 11, 2001
WCR Letters to the Editor
Heidegger's plagiarism, Nazism is well documented
In his otherwise excellent review of The Christian Travelers Guides series (WCR, June 4), Prof. Ernie McCullough remarks, "The sharp criticisms of the giant of German thought Martin Heidegger as a plagiarist call for further documentation."
Frankly, I do not understand this criticism. On page 114 of the Christian Travelers Guide to Germany, we provide a brief biography of Heidegger where we draw attention to Prof. Reinhard May's devastating book Heidegger's Hidden Sources (London, Routledge, 1989) where May provides ample evidence of Heidgger's academic fraud which he calls "creative appropriation."
All we do is point out that this is a polite way of saying plagiarisms. May's book is a translation of his German work Ex oriente lux: Heideggers Werk unter ostansiatischen Einfluss where the "Einfluss", or influence, is clearly demonstrated in terms of the plagiarism of translations of Asian classics written in German decades before the publication of Being and Time.
Although May's work has been ignored by Heidegger scholars, there is no doubt that he has amply proven the fraudulent nature of Heidegger's work.
It is also worth pointing out that until the publication of Hugo Ott's Martin Heidegger: A Political Life, London, Fontana, 1994, Heidegger's disciples refused to accept the fact that he was an active National Socialist and dismissed such claims as scurrilous rumours.
After Ott's book was published they changed their tack and began to claim that even though Heidegger was a Nazi this fact does not invalidate his theoretical work and may be dismissed as an ad hominem argument.
With the recent publication of Johannes Fritsche's Historical Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger's Being and Time (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999), even this defence has fallen as Fritsche demonstrates that Heidegger's central theories develop National Socialist themes and ideology.
Thus the "giant of German thought" turns out to be a vicious thug who in his 1966 interview with Der Spiegel, that was only published in 1977 after his death, lied about his Nazi past and came as close as German law allowed to denying the Holocaust.
Department of Religious Studies
University of Calgary
Fr. Rooney's contribution to Our Lady of Victory Camp
The time is once again approaching when young people will have the pleasure of going to Our Lady of Victory Camp. The last few years I have often wondered how many of these children or, for that matter, their parents, know how that camp came about.
In about 1949-50 a priest in Lacombe by the name of Father Rooney received an inheritance from a relative. He immediately bought himself a newer second hand car so he could visit his parishioners more often and he set out and bought land in Bentley on Gull Lake.
After many meetings that a great many of us attended, Our Lady of Victory Camp got its beginning. It certainly was a bit primitive but it was wonderful and everyone enjoyed volunteering there - as the children attending were so happy.
In the '60s my children enjoyed going and it was a pleasure for me to volunteer. We all got the feeling we were doing God's work.
Father Rooney sold the piece of land and all the improvements of the day for (I understood) $1 to the diocese.
I hope all who attend the camp this year will say a prayer for Father Rooney. We all remember him very fondly.
B.C. program helps farmers, poor
There is at least one legacy the NDP government will leave behind after the election on May 16 that is very good. I feel every province in Canada would be well served by having a similar legacy.
The legacy I refer to is the B.C. Sharing Program. This is a cooperative venture between over 200 B.C. grocery stores, B.C. farmers, food banks and the Buy B.C. Program set up by the B.C. agriculture department.
The way it works is very simple; customers at grocery stores can buy coupons and the proceeds from the coupons go to local food banks. The food banks agree to buy from local farmers fresh milk and produce. It is a win-win situation for customers, stores, food banks, farmers, but most of all for needy people.
The first place to start such a program was New Jersey and B.C. is one of the only Canadian provinces to follow suit. In B.C. it has raised over $1 million in aid in about a year and a half.
I feel every province should have such a program because of the ease and convenience of giving it affords.
Grateful for CWL coverage
That was great coverage of the CWL Edmonton Diocesan Convention, April 20-21, and very informative for those members unable to attend in Red Deer.
Special kudos for printing Jeannette Benoit's winning essay Grade 10-12 category) of the CWL poster/essay contests.
For all of us, especially parents and children, it spreads the good news that most parents are striving to instill Christian values in their families.
Also, other children who read the essay can benefit from seeing these values upheld in their peers.
Congratulations to all at the WCR on your receiving the overall excellence award as Canada's top regional Church newspaper. God bless your work.
CWL Life Member