Beginning with Heidegger: Dissertation Defence


In August, I successfully defended my dissertation, called Beginning with Heidegger: Leo Strauss, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, Alexander Dugin and the Philosophical Constitution of the Political.

If you’d like, you can read the comments I made at the defence here.

The response aims (1) to better define the notion of the philosophical constitution of the political and (2) to show that the notion is applicable to the authors in my study.

There’s also a section on two risks that arise in studying Heidegger, the risk of being seduced by his philosophy into support for his politics, and the risk of rejecting his philosophy out of over-zealous defence of liberalism.

Lastly, the response talks a bit about the notion of conversion and its place in my reading of the Heidegger receptions. I had planned to make conversion the topic of my next book.

The dissertation is available online for students (search my name on your university library website). It will be published as a book in about a year. Meantime, some of my Millerman Talks videos will be on Heidegger and Political Theory, if you want a preview.

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.