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Eric D. Meyer

Eric D. Meyer (BA, 1976), an independent scholar and former assistant professor, has just published Questioning Martin Heidegger: On Western Metaphysics, Bhuddhist Ethnics, and the Fate of the Sentient Earth (University Press of America, 2013).  Martin Heidegger’s “Overcoming Metaphysics” provides Meyer with the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging critique and deconstruction of Western metaphysics from the Pre-Socratics and Sophists to Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida.  Besides questioning Heidegger’s controversial relationship with German National Socialism (Nazism) and the Holocaust, Questioning Martin Heidegger also takes off onto diverse topics like the question of being and the problem of nothingness, the birth of subjectivity and the death of God, and the Kehre and the emergence of a global ecological consciousness. Written in straightforward, jargon-free language, Questioning Martin Heidegger will be stimulating and exciting reading for professional scholars and enthusiastic laypersons, philosophy students and the general public.