A Heidegger study list

Heidegger is notoriously difficult, but once you decode him he is easy and there is a huge payoff.  The following is more or less what I did.

I did some study notes on Heidegger that some might find helpful.

a) Jamie Smith’s *Desiring the Kingdom,* despite all of Smith’s goofiness, does a good job explaining what Heidegger was about.
b) I read Heidegger’s *Basic Writings* first. The upshot is that you get a glimpse of his finest writing. The downside is you really don’t understand his project until you read Being and Time.
c) My intellectual mentor, Matthew Raphael Johnson, has a good lecture on Heidegger.
d) The world-class British orator Jonathan Bowden did an outstanding lecture on Heidegger. He places Heidegger as the counter-opposite of Satre

Merold Westphal has a good introductory lecture.  Here is a course he did.  The audio is awful, but you might be able to make something out of it.


3 thoughts on “A Heidegger study list

  1. Question about nationalism, which probably might only be tangential to Heidegger. How does one walk the fine line of being a nationalist without being a fascist? Or, alternatively, how does one serve and support the nation’s interests first without supporting an exceptionalism whereby one sees his/her as superior to another, all the while maintaining a kind of fraternity of nations (especially Christian ones)? Admittedly, while globalism scares me, so does nationalism, albeit to a lesser degree.


    • Following Dugin I would agree with your concerns about exceptionalism.

      As to fascism, I don’t think the problem is facsism in itself, but rather the racial overtones of the 3rd Reich and modern Neo-Nazis. Racial supremacism is stupid and a throwback to Darwinism. If I outlined fascist economics to someone without explaining it, he would probably fall asleep.

      I myself am not a fascist, not even a National Socialist. I might do a report on nationalism and socialism in the future.


      • Nationalism + eugenics/darwinism = unmitigated tyranny and disaster. Is that a fair summary? Thanks for your political ruminations. I find them interesting. I’d like to see you write some more on the future on Putin. I admire him in certain ways, but he makes me sick in another. Being a world leader in a fallen world is a tough job and I’m glad– at least it seems so hitherto– that God is not calling me to such a task.


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