Martin Heidegger

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Martin Heidegger (26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher, greatly influencing the course of 20th-century philosophy on the European continent and exerting a large influence on virtually every other humanistic discipline.

Heidegger joined the NSDAP in 1933. In 1934, he stopped attending meetings and was eventually prevented from publishing, but remained a member of the party until its dismantling at the end of World War II. In 1949, after several years of investigation, the French military finally classified Heidegger as a Mitläufer or "fellow traveller", thus not guilty of any actual crime. Regardless, his views and philosophy in relation to National Socialist Germany and anti-Semitism remain controversial, with, for example, Wikipedia having an entire article on "Martin Heidegger and Nazism".

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