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Richard Wolin
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Research Interests: European Intellectual History
Richard Wolin specializes in "Europe and the world" and the global history of ideas, with a focus on dictatorships and political movements of the far right and far left. Among his books are Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, and Herbert Marcuse (Princeton, 2003and The Seduction of Unreason: the Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism (Princeton, 2006).The Financial Times named his study of the reception of Mao Zedong's political thought in the West during the 1960s, The Wind from the East, one of the best history books of 2012. He writes frequently on contemporary political themes for The Nation, Dissent, and the New Republic

Recent News:
 "Trump and the Crisis of Democracy" (Journalists’ Journal – Athens): Ο Τραμπ και η κρίση της Δημοκρατίας[]

Martin Heidegger and Nazism (Gorky Media, Moscow):

France’s National Front Draws Strength From Brexit (The Nation):

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.