Interview with director Jeffrey van Davis on Heidegger and Nazism

Following up on an earlier post about Only a God Can Save Us, here in four parts is my 40-minute interview with van Davis about his documentary on philosopher Martin Heidegger and his involvement with National Socialism: van Davis’s documentary is available at Amazon. The interview is also posted at CEE’s site. Related: Nietzsche and … Continue reading Interview with director Jeffrey van Davis on Heidegger and Nazism

Heidegger, anti-humanism, and the Left

Tim Black, a senior writer at spiked, has a good review discussion of “Why they’re really scared of Heidegger.” The “they’re” refers to many contemporary academics, and Black’s review is of Emmanuel Faye’s wave-making Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935 (Yale, 2009). Some key quotations from … Continue reading Heidegger, anti-humanism, and the Left

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.

Comparando el desempeño económico de América del Norte y América Latina [Spanish translation]

Por Stephen Hicks [This is a Spanish translation of “Comparing North and Latin American Economic Performance”, originally published in English at EveryJoe and in Portuguese at Libertarianismo.] Todos queremos que la gente logre vivir en forma adecuada, especialmente las personas pobres que están luchando por ello. Y si somos ambiciosos, queremos además que la gente pueda vivir … Continue reading Comparando el desempeño económico de América del Norte y América Latina [Spanish translation]

Predicting political tipping points is hard

How does one evaluate the significance of a time when (a) millions of voters seem drunkenly elated about a candidate, and (b) all of that society’s wise pundits dismissed the candidate’s possible success? History helps by sending oracles about eras when those two phenomena were jointly in play. * On the early 1930s in Germany, … Continue reading Predicting political tipping points is hard

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]