chapter  2
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Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger was born in 1889, in the village of Me βkirch, where his father was a minor clerical official. He was one of that small and select band of philosophers (the classical examples being Plato and Aristotle) who was able to develop his philosophical understanding under the tutelage of another great philosopher, in this case Edmund Husserl. He was associated with the rise of National Socialism in Germany in the 1920s; and in 1933 he briefly took over the Rectorship of the University of Freiburg as a candidate acceptable to the Nazi government, thereby creating the context for a debate about his political persuasions and their connection with his philosophy, a debate which still rages today.1