Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time (1927) challenged earlier thinking about the basic structures of human being, our involvement in practical affairs, and our understanding of history, time, and being. Blitz clarifies Heidegger’s discussions, offers alternative analyses of phenomena central to Heidegger’s argument, and examines the connection between Heidegger’s position in Being and Time and his support of Nazism.
As Blitz explains in his new afterword, “When I began to study Martin Heidegger nearly fifty years ago, my goal was to explore the meaning of Being and Time for political philosophy. I wished to discover what it might offer for clarifying the grounds on which the basic concepts and alternatives of political philosophy rest. Would a close reading of it help us understand the questions of justice, freedom, the common good, natural rights, virtue, human happiness, and the philosophic life? These questions are as important today as they were then.”
Although Blitz often questions and criticizes Heidegger’s views, he presents them with scrupulous care and clarity. Specialists and students in the areas of political theory, phenomenology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy will find Heidegger’s Being and Time & the Possibility of Political Philosophy an invaluable resource.
Mark Blitz has been a professor of political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College for twenty years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Georgetown, and Indiana University. He serves as Director of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom at Claremont McKenna. He is author of Plato’s Political Philosophy, Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life, and Conserving Liberty, and co-editor (with William Kristol) of Educating the Prince.