Martin Heidegger's impact on contemporary thought is massive and controversial. In France, the prestige of this German philosopher is such that contemporary French thought cannot be properly understood without reference to him.
"Heidegger and French" "Philosophy" examines the reception of Heidegger's thought in France. Tom Rockmore argues that in the period after World War II, due to the peculiar nature of the humanist French philosophical tradition, Heidegger became the master thinker of French philosophy. Rockmore engages with the controversy over Heidegger's political affiliation with Nazism and the debate on how this commitment can be reconciled with his theory. Examining the relation between Heidegger's philosophy and his politics, the book contends that the French reception of Heidegger's thought--first as philosophical anthropology and later as postmetaphysical humanism--has been systematically mistaken.
"The dark star' of Western philosophy is Heidegger; the intrepid astronomer, Rockmore; and we are the beneficiaries of this splendid new mapping of the French philosophical skies."
-Joseph Margolis, Temple University
"This book is must reading for those who wish to be brought up to the barricades' of current philosophical trends. . . . It breaks through superficial journalese and probes into the underlying causes operative in the actual historical contexts of thought."
-Theodore Kisiel, Northern Illinois University