Uprooting, Criminality and Machination: Jews and Nazis in Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Photo of Richard Polt holding a typewriter
Xavier University philosophy Professor Richard Polt discusses Jews and Nazis in Martin Heidegger's black notebooks. For decades, controversy has marred the legacy of the German philosopher, whose theories and complicity with the Nazi regime led many to brand him an anti-Semite. Yet there was never an explicit pejorative reference to Jews or Judaism -- until the 2014 publication of his "black notebooks," an intellectual diary he kept during the 1930s and 1940s. This lecture is part of the Department of Jewish Studies 2018 - 19 lecture series, Holocaust Across the Disciplines. Funded in part by the Morris Weiss Award in Holocaust Education. Reception to follow. Free.
Humanities Building, Room 415
Department of Jewish Studies
Department of Jewish Studies
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Richard Polt holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago. His main interests are the metaphysical and ethical problems of Greek and German philosophy. He has taught elective courses on a variety of topics, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, German idealism, existentialism, slavery, time and Heidegger. His books include Heidegger: An Introduction (Cornell University Press, 1999), A Companion to Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics (Yale University Press, 2001), Heidegger’s Being and Time: Critical Essays(Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) and The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy (Cornell University Press, 2006).

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