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Screening, Seminar to Examine Nazism, Philosophy and Scholarship

A film, followed by a discussion of how—and if—the scholarship of philosopher Martin Heidegger should be viewed  in context of his support of Nazism will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of the Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University.

Heidegger, perhaps the most influential philosopher of the 20th century, contributed to phenomenology, existentialism and other philosophical realms. But this philosophical giant also rejected democracy and supported Nazism in Germany.

The discussion will start with a screening of the documentary Only a God Can Save Us, followed by a panel discussion with film maker Jeffrey van Davis, Dr. Tom Rockmore of Duquesne, a leader in the critical efforts to unearth Heidegger’s collaboration with the Nazis, and Dr. Ted Kisiel, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University—and the first full-time doctoral graduate of the DU philosophy department 50 years ago.

When: Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.

Where: Africa Room of the Duquesne Union, Duquesne University campus

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