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The Self-Assertion of the German University

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222551.003.0007

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Self-Assertion of the               German University

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This chapter presents the philosophical ramifications of the formal address “The Self-assertion of the German University” that Heidegger delivered when he became rector of the University of Freiburg in May 1933. In the address, the new rector urges his students and professorial staff to assume their responsibility before the nation in the service of science, explaining what is meant by science and how this service is to be performed.

Keywords: German university; University of Freiburg; rector; science; service

Chapter.  1415 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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