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  •  I majored in Philosophy (13+ / 0-)

    I even was in an MA program before I dropped out. So I read lots of philosophy. Including Martin Heidegger. At the time I was a graduate student it was still up for debate as to the extent to which Heidegger collaborated willingly with the Hitler regime. The issue seems to have been sorted out in the past 20 years and not in a way flattering to Heidegger. Heidegger was a brilliant thinker. He was also a Nazi. There's no getting around that. Whether or not his thinking was indelibly tainted by his political association or whether the two can be separated is still a matter of conjecture. It's certainly done nothing for his reputation. Nor has Hannah Arendt's association with Heidegger (before, after and even during the Nazi era) done much to enhance her reputation.

    It's really tough to decide when to separate who a person is and what they've created and sometimes it's entirely necessary (I've met plenty of writers whose work I adore but who were such loathsome individuals  that I was glad to have met them only once).

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