Millerman Talks Episode 11 – (Leo Strauss on) German Nihilism

Leo Strauss's essay German Nihilism

I made a video walk-through of Leo Strauss’s lecture on German Nihilism. Strauss touches on many points that matter today:

  • What is the responsibility of educators to nihilistic students?
  • What errors do the opponents of the nihilists make?
  • What is nihilism, anyway?
  • What is its relation to civilization?
  • Why is it militaristic?
  • Is German nihilism just Nazism?

Strauss’s essay helps us answer all those questions and more. In my video, I also show how his arguments relate to Trumpism, the open society, and more.

Hopefully, my explanation will make the essay itself more easily accessible for those with an interest in such topics.

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Strauss’s essay:

More research on Strauss and others (Heidegger, Dugin, etc.).

Right Heideggerianism and Jewish Thought

At the University of Toronto, I did a PhD in Political Science. My two subfields were political theory and international relations. But I also did a collaborative degree in Jewish Studies. As part of my degree requirements, I had to give a talk at the Center for Jewish Studies. Controversially, I decided to speak on the relevance of Heidegger to Jewish thought. In particular, I wanted to highlight “Right Heideggerianism” as an understudied philosophical resource.

Because Alexander Dugin is the leading “Right Heideggerian” as defined in the talk, I argued that we should consider the experimental application of his Fourth Political Theory to Zionism. If you’d like to hear the argument in more detail, watch the video below and then read this article:

Why Students Are Terrified (To Speak Their Minds): Guest Blog Post at Psychology Today

Lee Jussim, who runs the Rabble Rouser blog on Psychology Today, recently invited me to contribute a guest blog post about academia. The post on Why Students Are Terrified to Speak Their Minds is up and has been doing really well. It’s about an experience I had as a teaching assistant. I set up a discussion for the students about the social construction of identity, but no one took the bait. Read the post to find out why.