Heidegger and postmodernism [EP]

[This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault] Heidegger’s synthesis of the Continental tradition Martin Heidegger took Hegelian philosophy and gave it a personal, phenomenological twist. Heidegger is notorious for the obscurity of his prose and for his actions and inactions on behalf of the National Socialists … Continue reading Heidegger and postmodernism [EP]

Heidegger and National Socialism

Given Heidegger’s towering presence in the landscape of 20th-century philosophy and “deep ecology” environmentalism, How Green Were the Nazis? is an important book.

Are Philosophers Stupid about Politics? [The Good Life]

[First published at EveryJoe.com.] Full disclosure at the outset: I’m a philosopher, and this new series of columns on The Good Life will often be about human nature, knowledge, the meaning of life, and of course politics. So let me start by indicating some of my colleagues’ opinions about politics. A favorite party game for … Continue reading Are Philosophers Stupid about Politics? [The Good Life]

Por que a América do Norte é mais rica que a América Latina?

O que explica as diferenças dramáticas de desempenho econômico entre as duas Américas? Considere os números do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) disponibilizados pelo Banco Mundial — uma medida de sucesso econômico. Nós queremos que as pessoas tenham um nível de vida adequado, especialmente as pobres. E se formos ambiciosos, queremos que as pessoas tenham um … Continue reading Por que a América do Norte é mais rica que a América Latina?

German philosophy in pre-World-War-II Japan

In Western nations, there is a clear connection between philosophy and totalitarian politics in the 20th century. Hegel’s philosophy, for example, took a “left” turn in Marx’s thinking — which Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin drew upon — and it took a “right” turn in Treitschke’s and Nietzsche’s thinking — which Goebbels, Hitler, and the National … Continue reading German philosophy in pre-World-War-II Japan

The Fountainhead (Introduction to Philosophy this week)

In my Introduction to Philosophy course this week we are reading and discussing The Fountainhead, a great novel on the themes of independence and integrity. In Part One, Rand’s primary purpose is to contrast the characters Howard Roark and Peter Keating. Here is a table (click to enlarge) summarizing the main events in each young … Continue reading The Fountainhead (Introduction to Philosophy this week)

Texts in Philosophy — early 2015 additions

For use in my courses, additions to my Texts in Philosophy page. All files are PDFs. “Arachne and Athena.” James Buchanan, “Public Choice: Politics without Romance,” Policy Magazine (2003). Martin Heidegger, “Reunion Speech” (1934). HTML version here. Heinrich Himmler, “Speech at Posen” (1943). John Maynard Keynes, The End of Laissez-Faire (1926). HTML version here. John … Continue reading Texts in Philosophy — early 2015 additions