There are few philosophers more influential, more misunderstood, more admired, and more feared than Martin Heidegger. He is simply unavoidable for an understanding of modern thought, modern culture, and the modern world. As Alexander Dugin explores in *Martin Heidegger: The Philosophy of Another Beginning*, Heidegger traces a particular conception of being and truth-begun with the pre-Socratics and cemented with Plato and Aristotle-that has, over millennia, led the West to embrace materialism, egalitarianism, and nihilism. It is Heidegger, argues Dugin, who understood this most deeply; it is thus Heidegger who opens up space for “Another Beginning”-a new grounding for human experience. Drawing on the history of philosophy, political ideologies, and Heidegger’s relationship to Germany and Europe-and including a useful bibliography and glossary of terms-Dugin’s analysis will be of great interest to scholars as well as those encountering Heidegger for the first time.
About the Author
Alexander Dugin is one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. During the 1980s, he was a principal member of the underground tradiitionalist movement. He later became a translator and journalist, making his earliest foray into Politics by joining Pamiat’, the first nationalist party to emerge during the twilight years of the USSR.
In 2002, Dugin founded the Eurasia Movement, which he has continued to lead up to the present day. In addition to the many books he has authored, he currently serves on the staff of the Moscow State University and regularly appears on Russian television
He holds doctorates in political science, sociology, and philosophy. As an advocate of the return of Russia to the global stage and its potential as a counterweight to American hegemony, some commentators have pointed out the influence of Dugin’s geopolitical ideas on Vladimir Putin and the modern Kremlin.
“Heidegger is looking for the beginnings of a disaster (sphalma); and although his subject, as Dugin properly indicates, traces this misstep back to Plato, it is in the same philosopher that we learn the valuable lesson that there is a connection between “learning thoroughtly” (katamanthanein) and “undertaking a correction” (poiein to epanorthoma).
Studying Heidegger and then reading Dugin’s demanding, comprehensive explication, one comes to understand this necessary connection. For both the “greatest thinker” and his faithful Russian disciple, the improvement of our culture and spiritual life requires nothing less than a detailed examination of our traditions extending back to antiquity. There are no short cuts on the road to correcting the faults of our late modernity.” Paul E. Gottfried from the Preface.