Visiting Professor Thomas Meyer in the NY Times

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April 7th, 2014

MARCH 30, 2014: Elie Wiesel Center visiting professor Thomas Meyer was recently quoted in the NY Times as he offered insight into the revived debate on the question of German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s anti-Semitism. Heidegger’s recently published “Black Notebooks,” which until now have remained restricted from the public, offer clarification for some scholars and perplexity for others. Professor Meyer suggests the notebooks demonstrate a closer relation between Heidegger’s thought and Nazi policy than previously acknowledged; he points to a 1938-1939 passage where Heidegger reinforces the “inner necessity” of National Socialism and its significance in the realm of intellectual consideration.

Thomas Meyer focuses on modern German philosophy and the history of ideas. He has published broadly on Ernst Cassirer as well as on Jewish philosophy and theology of the 20th Century. Currently he is working on an intellectual biography of Leo Strauss. He received his Doctorate in 2003 and his Habilitation in 2009, both from Ludwig Maximilians-University. Since then, he has held visiting professorships in Zurich and Graz. He taught at the University of Chicago (2011-12), Vanderbilt University, Nashville (2012-13), and Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem (2013).

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The philosopher Martin Heidegger, circa 1933. Credit Corbis

The philosopher Martin Heidegger, circa 1933. Credit Corbis