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Martin Heidegger Biography

Basic Information

Name

Martin Heidegger

Nickname

MH Hammer. Martin the Great. The Hulk.

Sex

Male

Home town

The rural town of Messkirch, Germany. It's where I was born, and it's where I'm buried, a fact that's kind of symbolic of the "being-towards-death" I wrote a lot about. I was born to where I now dwell in death. Fear not: Zombie Heidegger is not a thing. And it wouldn't be a "thing," either, but we'll get to that.

Work & Education

Occupation

Philosopher. Professional Dasein.

Education

I entered the Jesuit Order but stayed only a couple of weeks. At the University of Freiburg, I first studied theology, but then I switched to philosophy.

Beliefs

Political views

I joined the Nazi Party in 1933, but let's not get to the bottom of that. We have Being to discuss.

Religious views

I grew up in the Roman Catholic faith but later rejected it. Reading Protestants and marrying a Lutheran will do that you, I guess. My thought became associated with atheism, but I wouldn't fit in well with the New Atheists of today—they wouldn't take well to the theological and mystical language I worked into my philosophy.

Activities & Interests

Likes

The unfolding of Being
Origins
Poetry
Going in circles, hermeneutically
Language
The Pre-Socratics
Creatively interpreting Aristotle
Making simple words into dense philosophical jargon

Dislikes

The forgetfulness of Being
Trendiness
Readers who misunderstand me (that would be most readers)
The easy way out
Making light of death

Interests

Being and time
Greek philosophy
Raising pesky questions
The effects of technology on thought
The way to authenticity

Groups

Hermeneutic Phenomenologists
The Dasein Dwellers
Existentialists
The Being Seekers
Proto-Deconstructionists
Guys Indiana Jones Hates