Heidegger Made Simple (and Offensive)

Joseph Agassi*

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Christopher Rickey (rightly) presents Heidegger as a devout mystic who viewed the Nazi Party as the sacred vessel of a divine message—even though, the author adds, his religion is secular and so it has no divinity and no immortal soul. Rickey sees him as a utopian. This makes some sense: the unique in the Shoah involves the unique descent of a highly cultured, enlightened nation to the rock bottom of barbarism. Ricky's text belies his effort to exonerate Heidegger.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Heidegger
  • Rickey
  • barbarism
  • secular religion


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