CultureLab • Public lecture

Heidegger’s Critique of German Idealism

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)

Heidegger claimed that Western philosophy ended—failed, even—in the German Idealist tradition. In The Culmination (University of Chicago Press, 2024), Robert B. Pippin explores the ramifications of this charge through a masterful survey of Western philosophy, especially Heidegger’s critiques of Hegel and Kant. Pippin argues that Heidegger’s basic concern was to determine sources of meaning for human life, particularly those that had been obscured by Western philosophy’s attention to reason.The Culmination offers a new interpretation of Heidegger, German Idealism, and the fate of Western rationalism.

Free entry. All are welcome.