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Richard Wolin
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Research Interests: European Intellectual History

Recent News:
1) a press conference held in Moscow at MIA Rossiya Segodnia (the main Russian Press Bureau)  on the theme of Heidegger’s ties to the European Far Right 

2) an article published on the Black Notebooks last fall in the Paris Review, Books.

3) an interview conducted with the journal Critique (founded by Georges Bataille during the late 1940s)
4) a July 2015 letter on the Greek crisis
5)  an account of the special issue of Critique (on the Black Notebooks) that appeared in the feuilleton section of Le Monde last month (and which includes a discussion of my article)

Selected Publications


The Wind from the East: May '68, French Intellectuals, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2010)

The Frankfurt School Revisited and Other Essays on Politics and Society (Routledge, 2006)

Herbert Marcuse, Heideggerian Marxism (co-editor; University of Nebraska Press, 2005)

The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism From Nietzsche to Postmodernism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. Greek translation, Polis Press; Chinese translation, Jilin People's Publishing House

Heidegger's Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, Herbert Marcuse (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001); Japanese translation with Jiangshu Education Publishers; Spanish and Dutch translations 2002. Swedish translation 2003; Chinese translation.

Labyrinths: Explorations in the Critical History of Ideas. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995; Portuguese translation

Karl Löwith, Martin Heidegger and European Nihilism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995 (editor).

Walter Benjamin: An Aesthetic of Redemption. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994; second edition (first edition: Columbia University Press, 1982); Chinese translation;

The Terms of Cultural Criticism: The Frankfurt School, Existentialism, Poststructuralism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Chinese translation, 2001; Portuguese translation, 1999; Turkish translation, 2004


The Heidegger Controversy: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991. Second Edition, MIT Press, 1993.


The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. Translations: German (1991), French (1992), Japanese (1999), Portuguese (1999), Chinese (2000)

Recent Articles:

"Faith and Reason," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 June 2009.

"Defending the Enlightenment," Dissent (Fall 2008), 107-111.

"Religion Public Reason: A Contemporary Debate," Axess 1 (July 2008).

"Being and Time: A Failed Masterpiece?", in Marburger Hermeneutik zwischen Tradition und Krise, eds. Matthias Bormuth and Ulrich von Bülow (Wallstein Verlag, 2008).

"America's Tolerance for French Radicalism," The Chronicle Review, 13 June 2008, vol. 54 (40): B14.

"Heidegger and Levinas: The Anxiety of Influence," in Heidegger's Jewish Followers, S. Fleischhacker, ed. (Pittsburgh: Dusquesne University Press, 2008): 219-244.

"Geist Busted: Adorno Rejected an Intellectual Tradition Tainted by Nationalism, » Bookforum (June-July-August 2008).

« From Antihumanism to Human Rights: The Paradigm Change in French Intellectual Life, » in Histories of Postmodernism, ed. Mark Bevir, et al. (New York : Routledge, 2007).

« Fascismo ed ermeneutica: Gadamer e le ambiguità dell''emigrazione interna,' » Micromega (March 2007) 142-164.

« The Twilight of the Intellectuals, » The Hedgehog Review, 9 (1) (2007): 7-17.

"Veiled Intolerance," The Nation, April 9, 2007, 25-30.

"Walter Benjamin: A Metaphysical Materialist" The Nation, October 16, 2006, 30-35.

"Foucault the Neo-Humanist?," The Chronicle Review, vol. 53, no. 2, August 31, 2006, B12.

"Leo Strauss, Judaism, and Liberalism," The Chronicle Review, April 14, 2006: B14-15.

"Heidegger Made Kosher," The Nation, February 20, 2006: 23-30.

"You've Come a Long Way," Review of Tony Judt, Postwar, New York Sun, October 7, 2005

"Paul Ricoeur as Another: How a Great Philosopher Wrestled With His Younger Self,"
Chronicle Review, October 14, 2005.

"Habermas and Post-Secular Societies," Chronicle Review, Volume 52, Issue 5, September 28, 2005, Page B16.

"I Saw Europe Die," New York Sun, May 31, 2005.