Frank McLynn

A Monster of Egotism too Easily Forgiven

Hannah Arendt – Martin Heidegger

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This slim volume is a marvel. In little more than one hundred pages Elzbieta Ettinger, a professor at MIT, sheds more light on the controversial political attitudes of the philosopher Martin Heidegger than Hugo Ott did in the whole of his substantial 1993 political biography. The story she tells is a sad but very human one. The book could well have been subtitled ‘Love Is Blind’.

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