Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard. His new book, Adorno and Existence, will be published in November.
 (November 2016)


Kierkegaard’s Rebellion

Kierkegaard: Exposition and Critique

by Daphne Hampson
Kierkegaard is widely considered the most important religious thinker of the modern age. This is because he dramatized with special intensity the conflict between religion and secular reason, between private faith and the public world, and he went so far as to entertain the thought that a genuine reconciliation between them is impossible.

Heidegger in Black

Martin Heidegger, circa 1920

Überlegungen II–VI (Schwarze Hefte 1931–1938) [Reflections II–VI (Black Notebooks 1931–1938)]

by Martin Heidegger, edited by Peter Trawny

Überlegungen VII–XI (Schwarze Hefte 1938/39) [Reflections VII–XI (Black Notebooks 1938/39)]

by Martin Heidegger, edited by Peter Trawny
In the autumn of 1931, the philosopher Martin Heidegger began to record his thoughts in small diaries that he called the schwarze Hefte, or “black notebooks.” Their name describes their black oilcloth covering, but one could be forgiven for thinking it described their content. They will cast a dark shadow over Heidegger’s legacy.



This month’s series of Beethoven concerts by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concludes the celebratory twentieth season for its conductor Michael Tilson Thomas with a performance of the opera Fidelio.