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Heidegger's Polemos: From Being to Politics

Gregory Fried


This book offers an investigation of Martin Heidegger's understanding of politics. Disturbing issues surround Heidegger's commitment to National Socialism, his disdain for liberal democracy, and his rejection of the Enlightenment. The book confronts these issues, focusing not on the historical debate over Heidegger's personal involvement with Nazism, but on whether and how the formulation of Heidegger's ontology relates to his political thinking as expressed in his philosophical works. The inquiry begins with Heidegger's interpretation of Heraclitus, particularly the term polemos (“war,” or, i ... More

Keywords: Martin Heidegger, National Socialism, liberal democracy, Enlightenment, Heraclitus, polemos, war, ontology, politics, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780300080384
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300080384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Fried, author