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Hitler's philosophers

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Hitler's philosophers
Call No: 193 S55h

Call Number193 S55h
Dates[2013]; ©2013
Statement of ResponsibilityYvonne Sherratt.
Creators & ContributorsSherratt, Yvonne (author)
Hitler, Adolf (subject)
Schmitt, Carl (subject)
Heidegger, Martin (subject)
Benjamin, Walter (subject)
Adorno, Theodor W. (subject)
Arendt, Hannah (subject)
Huber, Kurt (subject)

"Hitler had a dream to rule the world, not only with the gun but also with his mind. He saw himself as a 'philosopher-leader' and astonishingly gained the support of many intellectuals of his time... Yvonne Sherratt explores Hitler's relationship with philosophers and uncovers cruelty, ambition, violence, and betrayal where least expected—at the heart of Germany's ivory tower. Sherratt investigates international archives, discovering evidence back to the 1920s of Hitler's vulgarization of noble thinkers of the past, including Kant, Nietzsche, and Darwin. She reveals how philosophers of the 1930s eagerly collaborated to lend the Nazi regime a cloak of respectability: Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, and a host of others. And while these eminent men sanctioned slaughter, Semitic thinkers like Walter Benjamin and opponents like Kurt Huber were hunted down or murdered. Many others, such as Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt, were forced to flee as refugees. The book portrays their fates, to be dispersed across the world as the historic edifice of Jewish-German culture was destroyed by Hitler." —Publisher

ContentsPart 1
  • Hitler: The 'bartender of genius'
  • Poisoned Chalice
  • Collaborators
  • Hitler's Lawmaker: Carl Schmitt
  • Hitler's Superman: Martin Heidegger
Part 2. Hitler's Opponents
  • Tragedy: Walter Benjamin
  • Exile: Theodor Adorno
  • The Jewess: Hannah Arendt
  • The Martyr: Kurt Huber
  • The Nurember Trials and Beyond
Physical Description xx, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew Haven : Yale University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted in 2013 by Lucien Lieberman