Richard Wolin

Richard Wolin is an American intellectual historian. He is Distinguished Professor of History at the Center Univerity of New York (CUNY Graduate Center), where he has worked since 2000. He is known for a series of Platonic attacks on postmodernism in general, and on particular contributors to and sources of its late twentieth century formulation, including Nietzsche and Heidegger. Before going to CUNY, he was a professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Main publications : Walter Benjamin: An Aesthetic of Redemption (1982) ; The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger (1990) ; The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism (2004) ; The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s (2010).

Heidegger and the Political: Finitude, Thownness, and the Destiny of Being

11 septembre 2012 | Richard Wolin

A perennial barrier to interpreting Heidegger’s thought has been the philosopher’s impassioned commitment to National Socialism in 1933 – an allegiance that, even after the war, Heidegger never fully renounced.