Heidegger Wars: Philosophy, Ideology, and Nazism

Thursday, October 2, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, October 2 - November 6

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by Eugene Newman

Martin Heidegger’s widely admired existential philosophy has, in recent years, undergone a radical re-evaluation after the significant scholarly revelations of his deep commitment to Nazism. This seminar will grapple with some of the most important implications of Heidegger and Heideggerianism. Responses and commentary by prominent Heidegger participants such as Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse will be featured. Please read the Preface, Prologue, and Introduction to Heidegger’s Children, ed. Richard Wolin (2001) before the first session.

Eugene Newman has led Newberry seminars on existentialism, and other philosophical topics, since 2001.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Richard Wolin. The Heidegger Controversy: a Critical Reader. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993. ISBN-13-978-0-262-23166-4
  • Richard Wolin. Heidegger’s Children. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0691114798


  • Victor Farias, Heidegger and Nazism Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-87722-640-7. Note: The Newberry Bookstore is unable to stock this text.
  • Emmanuel Faye, Heidegger: the Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-300-12086-8

Readings for the First Session:

  • Richard Wolin’s Heidegger’s Children: Preface (pp. xi-xvi), Prologue: “Todesfuge” and “Todtnauberg” (pp. 1-4), Introduction: Philosophy and Family Romance” (pp. 5-20).

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $190.
Register Online.