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Published on: March 8, 2016
Episode 108: Trump Scorned and Heidegger Reborn

 Relevant Reading:

The Age of Trump
Eliot A. Cohen

Heidegger’s Ghosts
Alexander S. Duff

Heidegger and Politics: The Ontology of Radical Discontent
Alexander S. Duff

Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent show for you this week. Our host Richard Aldous speaks first with Eliot A. Cohen about the age of Trump before turning to Alexander S. Duff to examine the emergence of Heideggerian thought in counter-liberalism circles.

We first welcome back to the show Eliot A. Cohen, TAI editorial board member and former Counselor of the Department of State, to discuss the effect Donald Trump’s rise is having on the GOP and on American politics more broadly. He explains why he helped organize an open letter signed by more than one hundred Republican national security leaders opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy, and why he believes Trump poses a threat to American security and civil liberties.

Then, Alexander S. Duff, a professor of political philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses why Iranian revolutionaries, Russian imperialists, and European neo-fascists are all being influenced by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. He gives us a concise overview of both Heidegger’s history and his thoughts, and argues that liberal democracies need to wrestle with his legacy in order to deal with counter-liberalists in the 21st century.

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