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Is Heidegger's philosophy more liberal or more conservative? Depends on whom you ask. To the Critical Theorists associated with the New Left, Heidegger's fascination with Being and with the retrieval or origins marks him as a traditionalist, despite his fundamental criticism of the entire history of Western metaphysics. To philosophers on the Right, Heidegger is an apologist for atheism, relativism, and deconstruction, despite his interest in Being and truth.