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Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties Paperback – 14 Feb 2019

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In this ambitious and thought-provoking study, Polt undertakes a reassessment of the ethical and political dimensions of Heidegger's thought, with particular focus on the work of the 1930s. He not only presents a comprehensive and judicious account of Heidegger's problematic complicity with National Socialism, but seeks to retrieve an Arendtian-inspired understanding of action that would avoid the most problematic excesses of Heidegger's later thought, an understanding grounded in what he calls a "traumatic ontology." This book will be essential reading not only for those interested in Heidegger and the political, but for anyone attempting to understand what is at stake in the turn from his early fundamental ontology to the work of the 1930s and beyond.--William McNeill, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University

Richard Polt's book is so much more than another academic interpretation of Heidegger; it is an original work of thinking through the disintegrating fabric of our world. A masterful achievement by one of the leading Continental philosophers in the United States!--Michael Marder, Author of Heidegger: Phenomenology, Ecology, Politics

Polt's reading of Heidegger is a meticulous, original, and admirably nuanced reconstruction and critique of Heidegger's ill-fated engagement with the political. The question 'who are we?' leads Polt to a judicious recovery of the political and toward a 'traumatic ontology' that promises to transform the question of being from one of understanding to one of the 'emergency of being'.--Reginald Lilly, Professor of Philosophy, Skidmore College

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Richard Polt is Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University. With Gregory Fried he has translated Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics and Being and Truth, and edited A Companion to Heidegger’s “Introduction to Metaphysics” and Nature, History, State: 1933-1934.

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