Martin Heidegger: The Philosophy of Another Beginning
By Alexander Dugin
Translated by Nina Kouprianova
Preface by Paul E. Gottfried
There are few philosophers more influential, more misunderstood, more admired, and more feared than Martin Heidegger. He is simply unavoidable for an understanding of modern thought, modern culture, and the modern world. As Alexander Dugin explores in Martin Heidegger: The Philosophy of Another Beginning, Heidegger traces a particular conception of being and truth-begun with the pre-Socratics and cemented with Plato and Aristotle-that has, over millennia, led the West to embrace materialism, egalitarianism, and nihilism. It is Heidegger, argues Dugin, who understood this most deeply; it is thus Heidegger who opens up space for "Another Beginning"-a new grounding for human experience. Drawing on the history of philosophy, political ideologies, and Heidegger's relationship to Germany and Europe-and including a useful bibliography and glossary of terms-Dugin's analysis will be of great interest to scholars as well as those encountering Heidegger for the first time.
ALEXANDER DUGIN (b. 1962) is one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. Born to a well-educated family—his parents held doctorates in medicine and law—he entered the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1979. During the 1980s, he was a principal member of the underground traditionalist movement in the Soviet Union, including dissident author Yuri Mamleev. He later became a translator and journalist, making his earliest foray into politics by joining Pamiat’, the first nationalist party to emerge during the twilight years of the USSR.
After the collapse of the USSR opened up new possibilities, Dugin began associating with several of the major figures of the European New Right, such as Alain de Benoist. Between 1994 and 1998, he worked with Russian opposition movements, including Eduard Limonov’s National Bolsheviks and Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s LDPR, which sought to synthesize Left and Right doctrines. In 1998-2003, he served as the advisor to Gennadiy Seleznyov, the Chairman of the State Duma.
In 2002, Dugin founded the Eurasia Movement, which he has continued to lead up to the present day. In addition to the many books he has authored on political, philosophical, and spiritual topics, he currently serves on the staff of the Moscow State University and regularly appears on mainstream Russian television. He holds doctorates in political science, sociology, and philosophy. As an advocate of the return of Russia to the global stage and its potential as a counterweight to American hegemony, some commentators have pointed out the influence of Dugin’s geopolitical ideas on Vladimir Putin and the modern Kremlin.