Hitler's Philosophers by Yvonne Sherratt

By Yvonne Sherratt

Hitler had a dream to rule the realm, not just with the gun but additionally together with his brain. He observed himself as a "philosopher-leader" and astonishingly received the support of many intellectuals of his time. during this compelling ebook, Yvonne Sherratt explores Hitler's courting with philosophers and uncovers cruelty, ambition, violence, and betrayal the place least expected—at the guts of Germany's ivory tower.

Sherratt investigates foreign documents, researching facts back to the Nineteen Twenties of Hitler's vulgarization of noble thinkers of the previous, together with Kant, Nietzsche, and Darwin. She finds how philosophers of the Nineteen Thirties eagerly collaborated to lend the Nazi regime a cloak of respectability: Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, and a number of others. And whereas those eminent males sanctioned slaughter, Semitic thinkers like Walter Benjamin and competitors like Kurt Huber have been hunted down or murdered. Many others, akin to Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt, have been compelled to escape as refugees. The booklet portrays their fates, to be dispersed internationally because the historical edifice of Jewish-German tradition was once destroyed through Hitler.

Sherratt not just confronts the earlier; she additionally tracks down chilling facts of continuous Nazi sympathy in Western Universities today.

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