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George Steiner’s instructive review of Yvonne Sherratt’s Hitler’s Philosophers (“How private a Nazi?”, TLS, February 22, 2013, p. 5) recalls the disgraceful collaboration of distinguished German scholars with Hitler’s madness.
I have suggested the troubling character of the never-publicly-repudiated dealings with the Nazis by Martin Heidegger (who is currently “enjoying” a substantial resurgence in scholarly respectability) by identifying him as “the Macbeth of philosophy” (Macbeth, it should be remembered, may be the least repulsive of Shakespeare’s villains, but a villain nevertheless). I have examined the questionable doings of Martin Heidegger and various of his associates in essays posted on anastaplo.wordpress.com.
There may be found there as well the extensive bibliography of those associated with one of my teachers, Leo Strauss, a former student of Heidegger. It was good to have your review of Hitler’s Philosophers by someone who was a fellow student at the University of Chicago almost seven decades ago.
Professor of Law,
Loyola University Chicago