Alexander Dugin’s Heideggerianism

The pre-proof of my journal article “Alexander Dugin’s Heideggerianism,” which will be published August 2018 in the International Journal of Political Theory, is now available online here.

Though not exhaustive, I believe it is the most comprehensive overview of the topic currently available in English. I continue my work on various aspects of Dugin’s thought and plan to have a few more articles to share later this year. For now, anyone interested in the place of Heidegger in Dugin’s fourth political theory may consult this work and the other articles I’ve written and posted to my academia website. Essays available there include “Heidegger, Left and Right: Differential Political Ontology and Fundamental Political Ontology Compared” and my interview with Dugin on Heidegger. “Alexander Dugin’s Neo-Eurasianism and the Eurasian Union Project” also talks about Heidegger a bit, as does this draft article on Dugin’s populism and this one on Dasein in the 4pt. The only peer-reviewed paper on the topic, though, and the one that covers the most ground, is “Alexander Dugin’s Heideggerianism.” Primary sources on Dugin’s Heidegger available in English are the translation of his book Martin Heidegger: The Philosophy of Another Beginning, and his essay on Plural Anthropology, which I translated, available in the edited volume called Heidegger in Russia and Eastern Europe.

This paper argues for the central role of Martin Heidegger’s thought in Alexander Dugin’s political philosophy or political theory. Part one is a broad overview of the place of Heidegger in Dugin’s political theory. Part two outlines how Dugin uses Heidegger to elaborate a specifically Russian political theory. Part three shows how apparently unphilosophical political concepts from Dugin’s political theory have a Heideggerian meaning for him. Because of what he regards as a homology between the philosophical and the political, his readers must always be aware of the philosophical significance of his political concepts and vice versa. Tracing Heidegger’s central role helps clarify Dugin’s political thought.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.