Religion plays a strong role in Heidegger's childhood. He is small but charismatic child. He marries and has two sons. He changes his university focus from theology to philosophy.
Heidegger finds solitude and inspiration in his mountain cabin in Todtnauberg. He writes his books there. He writes "Being and Time." This work questions the very nature of being.
Time and human existence are inextricably linked. Being is a process of becoming. City dwellers lose touch with their individuality and live inauthentic lives. Heidegger meets Hannah Arendt.
"Being and Time" ("Sein und Zeit") speaks to the needs of a troubled generation. Heidegger achieves international fame. He embraces Nazism and aids Hitler's success.
Heidegger's son denies his father's anti-Jewish sentiment. He sees Hitler's society as a realization of his own philosophy. Heidegger's megalomania and Nazi fanaticism emerge.
Professor Hugo Ott proves Heidegger's complicity with the Nazis. Heidegger's vicious gossip jeopardizes Professor Staudinger. Heidegger inspires young Germans to put their faith in Hitler.
Heidegger considers his meager achievements. He returns to Todtnauberg to think and write. The Nazi Party collapses. The French consider taking over the Heidegger home for Allied headquarters.
Heidegger returns to Freiberg to face a post-Nazi commission. He attempts suicide. He returns to teaching and his fame is reborn. He and Hannah Arendt meet again. He is unremorseful.
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The monumental treatise Being and Time was published in 1927the same year as Mein Kampf. This program dispassionately scrutinizes the life and philosophy of Martin Heidegger, describing his rise to intellectual prominence while laying bare the motives for his involvement with the Nazi party. Interviews with his son, Hermann Heidegger; George Steiner, author of an influential critique of his philosophy; Heidegger biographer Hugo Ott; and former pupil Hans-Georg Gadamer provide fresh insights, while reconstructions of key moments in Heideggers life flesh out the story of a man whose apologists and antagonists are still acrimoniously divided. (50 minutes)
Length: 51 minutes
Copyright date: ©1999
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