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Political Economy Forum

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The Political Economy Forum of the University of Washington discusses cutting-edge academic research in the area of Political Economy.


#8 - Heidegger and Totalitarianism - w/ Mark Menaldo

In this episode of the Political Economy Podcast Nicolas Wittstock hosts Mark Menaldo and Victor Menaldo. They discuss Mark's forthcoming piece on the existential philosopher Martin Heidegger and his influence on politics.  They discuss the different branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, namely, the study of reality, and the origins and consequences of postmodernism. One of the main topics they cover is whether the "Continental School" of philosophy tends to complement totalitarianism versus other schools of thought, such as classical or the so-called analytic approach inaugurated by the philosopher of language Ludwig Wittgenstein and represented by writers like George  Orwell. They also discuss the political dysfunction that racks the  United States and how it relates, if anything, to these issues.

During the episode they discuss the following works:

Philosophy in the Shadow of Nazism

Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants

Orwell's Politics and the English Language

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