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Heidegger's Children

Hannah Arendt, Karl Lowith, Hans Jonas and Herbert Marcuse

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Heidegger's Children by Richard Wolin
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Martin Heidegger is perhaps the twentieth century's greatest philosopher, and his work stimulated much that is original and compelling in modern thought. A seductive classroom presence, he attracted Germany's brightest young intellects during the 1920s. Many were Jews, who ultimately would have to reconcile their philosophical and, often, personal commitments to Heidegger with his nefarious political views. In 1933, Heidegger cast his lot with National Socialism. He squelched the careers of Jewish students and denounced fellow professors whom he considered insufficiently radical. For years, he signed letters and opened lectures with "Heil Hitler!" He paid dues to the Nazi party until the bitter end. Equally problematic for his former students were his sordid efforts to make existential thought serviceable to Nazi ends and his failure to ever renounce these actions. This book explores how four of Heidegger's most influential Jewish students came to grips with his Nazi association and how it affected their thinking. Hannah Arendt, who was Heidegger's lover as well as his student, went on to become one of the century's greatest political thinkers.Karl Lowith returned to Germany in 1953 and quickly became one of its leading philosophers. Hans Jonas grew famous as Germany's premier philosopher of environmentalism. Herbert Marcuse gained celebrity as a Frankfurt School intellectual and mentor to the New Left. Why did these brilliant minds fail to see what was in Heidegger's heart and Germany's future? How would they, after the war, reappraise Germany's intellectual traditions? Could they salvage aspects of Heidegger's thought? Would their philosophy reflect or completely reject their early studies? Could these Heideggerians forgive, or even try to understand, the betrayal of the man they so admired? Heidegger's Children locates these paradoxes in the wider cruel irony that European Jews experienced their greatest calamity immediately following their fullest assimilation. And it finds in their responses answers to questions about the nature of existential disillusionment and the juncture between politics and ideas.

Author Biography

Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of "The Politics of Being, The Heidegger Controversy", and "The Terms of Cultural Criticism", and he served as academic consultant for the BBC documentary Heidegger: "Design for Living". He is a frequent contributor to the "New Republic" and "Dissent".
Release date NZ
February 10th, 2003
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
5 halftones
Imprint
Princeton University Press
Pages
296
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780691114798
Product ID
2061781

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