Martin Heidegger and European Nihilism

Martin Heidegger and European Nihilism

by Karl Lowith
     
 

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Written by a former student of Heidegger, this book examines the relationship between the philosophy and the politics of a celebrated teacher and the allure that Nazism held out for scholars committed to revolutionary nihilism.

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Written by a former student of Heidegger, this book examines the relationship between the philosophy and the politics of a celebrated teacher and the allure that Nazism held out for scholars committed to revolutionary nihilism.

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Choice
A flurry of books has appeared on Heidegger's seduction by Nazism.... [b]ut Löwith's work has a very special claim, and its publication in English is an event of major significance.... [T]he present volume is unique as an indispensable, insightful, philosophical account of why Heidegger decided for National Socialism. As a devoted student and intimate friend of Heidegger in Freiburg.... Löwith understands Heidegger minutely and sympathetically, and his interpretations of Heidegger's works are wide-ranging and unerring.

Michael E. Zimmerman
Remains one of the most insightful critical commentaries ever composed about this century's leading­­and most disturbing­­philosopher. . . . An important publishing event not only for Heidegger scholars, but for everyone concerned with the fateful entanglement of thought and politics in twentieth-century Germany.
Booknews
Lowith, a former student of Heidegger, examines the relationship between the philosophy and the politics of his celebrated teacher in the English translation of two volumes previously published in 1983 and 1984 by J.B. Metzler Verlag. He analyzes the origins of cultural breakdown in Europe that paved the way for the Third Reich and explains the allure of Nazism for scholars committed to revolutionary nihilism. Includes two letters from Heidegger to Lowith. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231084079
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/06/1998
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,225,779
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Michael E. Zimmerman
Remains one of the most insightful critical commentaries ever composed about this century's leading––and most disturbing––philosopher.... An important publishing event not only for Heidegger scholars, but for everyone concerned with the fateful entanglement of thought and politics in twentieth-century Germany.

Meet the Author

Karl Lowith (1897-1973) taught philosophy at the University of Marburg until forced out of Germany in 1934.Richard Wolin, professor of modern European intellectual history at Rice University, is the author of many books, including The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger (Columbia).

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