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Dangerous Minds

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Introduction. Nietzschean Ideologies in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 1. Reading Nietzsche in an Age of Resurgent Fascism Chapter 2. Reading Heidegger in an Age of Resurgent Fascism Conclusion. How to Do Theory in Politically Treacherous Times Notes Acknowledgments

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Ronald Beiner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and author of numerous books, including Political Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters and Civil Religion: A Dialogue in the History of Political Philosophy.


"A great book. If it proves anything, it's that ideas have consequences, often profound and dangerous ones. One perhaps unintended benefit of the emergence of the New Right is that it forces readers of Nietzsche and Heidegger to see them for what they are-apostles of a resurgent fascism. For those accustomed to reading these thinkers as prophets of individual liberation and moral self-realization, Ronald Beiner has a clear message: think again."-Steven Smith, Yale University "Ronald Beiner's Dangerous Minds is a staggeringly impressive and deeply needed book that traces the philosophical foundations of contemporary reactionary politics to the philosophical works of Nietzsche and Heidegger. Beiner avoids both shrillness while confronting present day opponents of liberal democracy and shallowness while excavating the work of their intellectual heroes. Indeed, he treats authors such as Julius Evola and Aleksandr Dugin with deathly seriousness, and he soberly-and with exquisite philosophical care-delves into the fundamental core of Nietzsche's and Heidegger's writings. Dangerous Minds is elegantly structured and beautifully written. It will be widely read and debated in this frightening age of fascist resurgence."-John P. McCormick, University of Chicago

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