The debate about Martin Heidegger’s affiliation with National Socialism has been particularly fierce in France because—especially since the decline of Marxism in the late 1970s—Heidegger, the most influential German philosopher of the twentieth century, has played a crucial role for the French intellectual left. If his thought is tainted by Nazism,
then much of contemporary French theory is called into question, as are some of the pronouncements of those American academics influenced by French theory.
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