Hitler Favourite turns Green

Hitler favourite philosopher, Martin Heidegger, has quietly been rebranded in recent years and a green guru. His anti-technological and romantic pastoral views continue to strike a chord with environmental campaigners. However Heidegger clearly believed himself to be a spiritual guide to the Nazi Party which he joined in 1933 and he had been developing his racial doctrine and propounding anti-Semitic ideas since the 1020’s. He is widely regarded as the most influential and important philosopher of the 20th century and his leftist acolytes, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, felt able to sideline his racist and genocidal beliefs while embracing his anti-humanism. Writing in the New York Times in 1998, Richard Rorty defended the “master from Germany” who, he believed, wrote works “as powerful and as original as Spinoza’s or Hegel’s… You cannot read most of the important philosophers of recent times without taking Heidegger’s thought into account.” Damon Linker, special correspondent for the New Republic, believes “there should also be a place in the university for a close encounter with a dramatically different style of thinking – with the stunningly radical thought of Martin Heidegger”. Reviewing Faye’s book, Tim Black found Heidegger’s Nazism “the least troubling part of his cultural legacy”.


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