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Screening, Seminar to Examine Nazism, Philosophy and Scholarship

A film, followed by a discussion of how—and if—the scholarship of philosopher Martin Heidegger should be viewed  in context of his support of Nazism will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of the Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University.

Heidegger, perhaps the most influential philosopher of the 20th century, contributed to phenomenology, existentialism and other philosophical realms. But this philosophical giant also rejected democracy and supported Nazism in Germany.

The discussion will start with a screening of the documentary Only a God Can Save Us, followed by a panel discussion with film maker Jeffrey van Davis, Dr. Tom Rockmore of Duquesne, a leader in the critical efforts to unearth Heidegger’s collaboration with the Nazis, and Dr. Ted Kisiel, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University—and the first full-time doctoral graduate of the DU philosophy department 50 years ago.

When: Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.

Where: Africa Room of the Duquesne Union, Duquesne University campus

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.