• Only A God Can Save Us

A film screening with filmmaker Jeffrey van Davis

Friday, March 26, 2010
4:00pm
C. Walsh Theatre
55 Temple Street, Boston

 

The Philosophy Department invites you to a special screening of the film by Jeffrey van Davis, Only a God Can Save Us, followed by a panel discussion with Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University, Greg Fried, Suffolk University, and Jeffrey van Davis

This film offers an extraordinary response and radical challenge to one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, Martin Heidegger, and his rejection of democracy and his support of Nazism in the 1930s.  At stake is the future of democracy and the successful opposition to the resurgent nazisms of our own time.  In the 1976 interview with 'Der Spiegel,' Heidegger reiterated his distaste for democratic society, his aversion to modernity, and his profound doubts that humanity would survive the developments of advanced technology.  His final words of despair in 'Der Speigel' interview make it clear that he had no faith in liberal democratic government of any kind to rescue us from the crises of modernity.  The only hope?  There is none.  "Only a god can save us."

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