Since 1945, and particularly since 1987, when the facts of
became widely known, an enormous number of words have beendevoted to establishing, not only Heidegger's involvement with Nazism,but also that his philosophy is thereby irredeemably discredited. Thisbook denies neither the depth nor the seriousness of Heidegger'sinvolvement. On the contrary, new aspects of it are disclosed. None the
in opposition to the prevailing tide of opinion, Young argues thatHeidegger's philosophy is not, in fact, compromised in any of
phases,and that the acceptance of it
fully consistent with
commitment toliberal democracy. This striking and original thesis is grounded in an
examination of Heidegger's thought that provides the reader with aclear and valuable exposition of one of the twentieth century's greatestthinkers.