updated January 2014
Richard F. H. Polt

Professor and Chair
Dept. of Philosophy
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-4443

513-745-3274
fax: 513-745-3065
polt@xavier.edu


CURRICULUM VITAE

Education


Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1991
    Dissertation: “Heidegger and the Place of Logic”; Leszek Kolakowski, director
M.A., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1989
B.A. with high honors, Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1985

Honors and Awards

Xavier University Roger A. Fortin Award for Oustanding Teaching and Scholarship in the Humanities, 2013
Xavier University summer fellowships, 2010 and 2011
Xavier University research sabbaticals, Fall 1999 and Spring 2004
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1998
University Unendowed Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1985
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1985
Distinguished Achievement Award in Philosophy, U.C. Berkeley, 1985
Highest Distinction in General Scholarship, U.C. Berkeley, 1985
Phi Beta Kappa, 1985


Publications

Monographs

The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy.” Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.

    Chinese translation: Shanghai VI Horae Publishers, 2009.

    Paperback edition: Cornell University Press, 2013. Preface to the paperback edition available at cornellpress.cornell.edu.

Heidegger: An Introduction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press and London: UCL Press, 1999. (Currently published in the UK by Routledge.)

Edited volumes

Nature, History, State: 1933-1934, by Martin Heidegger, with essays by Robert Bernasconi, Peter Eli Gordon, Marion Heinz, Theodore Kisiel, and Slavoj Žižek. Translated and edited, with an introduction, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Heidegger’s “Being and Time”: Critical Essays. Edited with an introduction by Richard Polt. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

A Companion to Heidegger’s “Introduction to Metaphysics.” Edited with an introduction by Richard Polt and Gregory Fried. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Journal articles

“The Untranslatable Word? Reflections on Ereignis.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, forthcoming 2014.

“Hitler the Anti-Nihilist? Statehood, Leadership, and Political Space in Heidegger’s Seminar of 1933-34.” European Review, forthcoming 2014.

“Meaning, Excess, and Event.” Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 1 (2011): 26-53.

“The Burning Cup: Or, Im Anfang war die Tat.” International Journal of Žižek Studies 1:4 (December 2007).

“Beyond Struggle and Power: Heidegger’s Secret Resistance.” Interpretation 35:1 (Fall 2007): 11-40.

“Potentiality, Energy and Sway: From Aristotelian to Modern to Postmodern Physics?” Existentia 11 (2001): 27-41.

“Metaphysical Liberalism in Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie.” Political Theory 25:5 (October 1997): 655-679. Reprinted in Heidegger Reexamined, vol. 3, ed. Hubert L. Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. New York: Routledge, 2002.

“Heidegger’s Topical Hermeneutics: The Sophist Lectures.” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 27:1 (January 1996): 53-76. Reprinted in Heidegger Reexamined, vol. 1: Dasein, Authenticity, and Death, ed. Hubert L. Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. New York: Routledge, 2002.

“The Role of Self-Knowledge in the Critique of Pure Reason.” Auslegung 16:2 (Summer 1990):
165-173.

Contributions to anthologies

From the Understanding of Being to the Happening of Being.” In Division III of “Being and Time”: Heidegger’s Unanswered Question of Being, ed. Lee Braver. Cambridge: MIT Press, forthcoming.

“A Heideggerian Critique of Cyberbeing.” In The Horizons of Authenticity: Essays in Honor of Charles Guignon’s Work on Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology, ed. Megan Altman and Hans Pedersen. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.

“Self-Assertion as Founding.” In Heidegger on Hegel’s “Philosophy of Right”: The 1934-5 Seminar and Interpretative Essays, ed. Peter Trawny, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, and Michael Marder. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2014.

“Traumatic Ontology.” In Being Shaken: Ontology and the Event, ed. Michael Marder and Santiago Zabala. Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014.

“Heidegger in the 1930s: Who Are We?” In The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, ed. François Raffoul and Eric Sean Nelson. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
“The Secret Homeland of Speech: Heidegger on Language, 1933-34.” In Heidegger and Language, ed. Jeffrey Powell. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

“Being and Time.” In Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, ed. Bret W. Davis. Chesham: Acumen, 2010.

“Jenseits von Kampf und Macht: Heideggers heimlicher Widerstand.” [German translation of “Beyond Struggle and Power,” listed above.] In Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus II: Interpretationen, Heidegger-Jahrbuch 5, ed. Alfred Denker and Holger Zaborowski. Freiburg: Karl Alber, 2009.

“Ereignis.” In A Companion to Heidegger, ed. Hubert L. Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

“The Event of Enthinking the Event.” In Companion to Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy,” ed. Charles Scott et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

“The Question of Nothing.” In A Companion to Heidegger’s “Introduction to Metaphysics,” ed. Richard Polt and Gregory Fried. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Contributions to reference works

“Typewriters.” In Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920, ed. Christine Rider. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

“‘Einführung in die Metaphysik’: Eine Erkundung der physis und ihrer Entmachtung”; “‘Die Frage nach dem Ding’: Eine Auseinandersetzung mit den Grundlagen der modernen Wissenschaft”; “‘Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)’: Ein Sprung in die Wesung des Seyns.” In Heidegger-Handbuch: Leben—Werk—Wirkung, ed. Dieter Thomä. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2003. Second, revised edition 2013.

“Martin Heidegger.” In Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory, ed. Anthony Elliott and Bryan S. Turner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers, 2001.

“Community”; “Humanism”; “Person”; “Wholeness.” In Dictionary of Existentialism, ed. Haim Gordon.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

“Feuerbach, Ludwig”; “Heidegger, Martin”; “Sartre, Jean-Paul”; “Zubiri, Xavier.” In Encyclopedia of the Essay, ed. Tracy Chevalier. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.

Review articles

“Nailing it Down: Haugeland’s Heidegger.” (Review article on Dasein Disclosed, by John Haugeland.) Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 34:2 (December 2013): 457-481.

“Time Fractured, Times Regained.” (Review article on Time After Time, by David Wood.) Research in Phenomenology 39:2 (September 2009): 309-325.

“Recent Translations of the Republic.” Teaching Philosophy 30:4 (December 2007): 453-470.

Book reviews

Review of Plato’s “Republic,” by Alain Badiou. Teaching Philosophy, forthcoming March 2014.

Review of Plato’s Republic, trans. Christopher Rowe. Teaching Philosophy 36:4 (December 2013): 431-435.

Review of Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event), by Martin Heidegger, trans. Richard Rojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 2012.

Review of Parmenides, Plato and Mortal Philosophy: Return from Transcendence, by Vishwa Adluri. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, August 2011.

Review of The Remains of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology After Metaphysics, by Santiago Zabala. Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, no. 9 (2010): 109-111.

Review of Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy, by Martin Heidegger, translated by Robert D. Metcalf and Mark B. Tanzer. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (ndpr.nd.edu), November 2009.

Review of The Irony of Heidegger, by Andrew Haas. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, July 2008.
   
Review of Speaking Against Number: Heidegger, Language and the Politics of Calculation, by Stuart Elden. Continental Philosophy Review 40:4 (December 2007): 451-454.

Review of City and Soul in Plato’s “Republic,” by G. R. F. Ferrari. Classical Bulletin 82:2 (2006): 262-4.

“That Single Individual.” (Review of Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography, by Joakim Garff.) Village Voice, March 1, 2005.

“Remembering to Think.” (Review of Responsibility and Judgment, by Hannah Arendt.)
Village Voice, May 3, 2004.

“Dirty Hands.” (Review of Camus and Sartre, by Ronald Aronson).
Village Voice, Feb. 13, 2004.

Review of Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy”: An Introduction, by Daniela Vallega-Neu. Teaching Philosophy 26:4 (December 2003): 411-413.

“Being Here.” (Review of Existential America, by George Cotkin.) Village Voice, March 28, 2003.

Review of Heidegger’s Way of Thought, by Theodore Kisiel. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 2003.

Review of Heidegger’s Concept of Truth, by Daniel O. Dahlstrom. History and Philosophy of Logic 23 (2002): 141-3.

Review of Besinnung, by Martin Heidegger. Review of Metaphysics 54:1 (September 2000): 145-147.

Review of German Ideology: From France to Germany and Back, by Louis Dumont. Review of Metaphysics 49:3 (March 1996): 648-650.

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger, ed. Charles Guignon. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55:3 (September 1995): 725-728.

Review of The Question of Being: A Reversal of Heidegger, by Stanley Rosen. Canadian Philosophical Reviews 14:4 (August 1994): 286-288.

Translations (from German and French)

Introduction to Metaphysics, by Martin Heidegger. Translated, with an introduction, notes, and glossary, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. Revised edition, with new introduction and supplementary material. New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2014.

Nature, History, State: 1933-1934, by Martin Heidegger, with essays by Robert Bernasconi, Peter Eli Gordon, Marion Heinz, Theodore Kisiel, and Slavoj Žižek. Translated and edited, with an introduction, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Being and Truth, by Martin Heidegger. Translated, with an introduction and glossary, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

“Phenomenology: Heidegger after Husserl and the Greeks,” by Günter Figal. In Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, ed. Bret W. Davis. Chesham: Acumen, 2010.

“Why Reawaken the Question of Being?” by Jean Grondin. In Heidegger’s “Being and Time”: Critical Essays, ed. Richard Polt. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

“The Demise of Being and Time: 1927-1930,” by Theodore Kisiel. In Heidegger’s “Being and Time”: Critical Essays, ed. Richard Polt. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Introduction to Metaphysics, by Martin Heidegger.
Translated, with an introduction, notes, and glossary, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

“The Unconditioned in Knowing: I—Identity—Freedom,” by Hans-Michael Baumgartner. In The Emergence of German Idealism, ed. Michael Baur and Daniel O. Dahlstrom. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy 34. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999.

Twilight of the Idols, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Translated with notes by Richard Polt, introduction by Tracy Strong. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

Selections from Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols. In Classics of Western Philosophy, ed. Steven M. Cahn. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995 (4th ed.), 1999 (5th ed.), 2002 (6th ed.), 2007 (7th ed.).

Selections from Nietzsche’s The Gay Science and Twilight of the Idols. In Existentialism: Basic Writings, ed. Charles Guignon and Derk Pereboom. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995 (1st ed.), 2001 (2nd ed.).

Other philosophical publications

“Reality is Flat. (Or Is It?)” The Stone, The New York Times, August 16, 2012.

“Anything But Human.” The Stone, The New York Times, August 5, 2012.

“Arendt and the Space of Action.” The Point 1:1 (Spring 2009): 65-68.

“Richard Polt: The Ereignis Interview.” Interview with Richard Polt by Peter Ferreira, December 2005.

“Heidegger and the Nazis.” The Philosophers’ Magazine 14 (Spring 2001): 39-40.

“Being Martin Heidegger.” Interview with Richard Polt by Ralph Brave. Salon.com, Nov. 13, 2000.


Presentations

Original presentations

“Ich schweige im Denken: Heidegger and the Silent Roots of Thought.” Invited paper, conference on “Heideggers Esoterik? Zum Verhältnis von Philosophie und Öffentlichkeit.” Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, May 2013.

“A Heideggerian Critique of Cyberbeing.” Keynote Address, Kentucky Philosophical Association, Lexington, Kentucky, March 2013.

“Heidegger on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right: Self-Assertion as Founding.” Panel on “Heidegger on his Predecessors,” Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, November 2012.


“Statehood, Leadership, and Political Space in Heidegger’s Seminar of 1933-34.” Panel on “New Perspectives on Heidegger and Political Life,” American Political Science Association, New Orleans, August 2012.

Panelist, “Asking the Question of Being: On the Thought of Thomas Sheehan.” Invited contribution, Heidegger Circle meeting, Atlanta, May 2012.

“Drawing the Line: Political Thought in Heidegger’s Lecture Courses and Seminars of 1933-35.” Invited paper, Catholic University of America Fall 2011 lecture series, October 2011. Video available here.

“On Richard Capobianco’s Engaging Heidegger.” Heidegger Circle meeting, Milwaukee, May 2011.

“The Secret Homeland: Silence and Language in Being and Truth.” Invited paper, Heidegger Circle satellite meeting at yearly meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Montreal, November 2010. (Read in absentia.)

“When Time Comes to Be: Heideggerian and Arendtian Inceptions.” Invited paper, Committee on Social Thought colloquium series, University of Chicago, May 2008.

“The Varieties of Willful Experience: Thoughts on Bret Davis’ Heidegger and the Will.” North American Heidegger Conference, Northern Illinois University, May 2008.

“Heidegger and the Founding of Time.” Philosophy Department Colloquia Speaker Series, University of Kentucky, Lexington, February 2006.

“Heidegger, Space, and Architecture.” Invited lecture, architecture department, Miami University of Ohio, September 2005; Xavier University Philosophy Department Speaker Series, October 2005.

“Evoking the Momentous Site: Time-Space in the Contributions to Philosophy.” North American Heidegger Conference, Old Dominion University, May 2003.

“Potentiality, Power and Sway: From Aristotelian to Modern to Heideggerian Physics?” North American Heidegger Conference, Fordham University, May 2001.

“What is Inceptive Thinking?” North American Heidegger Conference, Villanova University, April 1998.

“Typology: A Phenomenology of Early Typewriters.”
Back to the Things Themselves, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, March 1996.

“Sachlichkeit in Heidegger’s Sophist Course.” Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Perugia, Italy, July 1995.

“Metaphysical Liberalism in Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie.” Invited paper, Northeastern Political Science Association, Providence, RI, November 1994.

“Heidegger’s Originary Leap.” Colloquium paper, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Kansas City, MO, May 1994.

“On Luck and Ethics in Ancient Greece.” First Friday Lecture Series, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, May 1992.

Responses to papers

“The Thrown Thrower: Remarks on ‘Gewissensruf: A Summons to Martyrdom?’ by Bart Kasowski and ‘The End of Entwurf and the Beginning of Gelassenheit’ by Joydeep Bagchee.” Heidegger Circle, Southern Connecticut State University, May 2013.

Response to David Pettigrew and Daniela Vallega-Neu, in panel discussion of Richard Polt, The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger’s “Contributions to Philosophy.” North American Heidegger Conference, Boston University, May 2006.

Response to “Poetry, Eros, and Thought in Nietzsche and Heidegger,” by Babette Babich. North American Heidegger Conference, Goucher College, May 2005.

Response to “Toward a Practice of Authentic Everydayness,” by Joan Stambaugh. North American Heidegger Conference, University of New Orleans, May 2004.

Response to “Reconstruction and the Nature of Philosophy in Plato’s Republic,” by Gregory Fried. Society for Modern/Post-modern Dialogue, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Cincinnati, November 2002.

Response to “Apatheia, Ataraxia and Historical Disclosure,” by S. Pierre Lamarche. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Atlanta, December 2001.

Response to “Re-Inventions: What Will Heidegger Have Been?” by Thomas Sheehan. North American Heidegger Conference, Marshall University, May 2000.

Response to “Heidegger’s Destructive Retrieval of Plato: The Lecture Course on the Sophist,” by Kevin Thompson. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 1997.

Other selected professional activities

Series co-editor with Gregory Fried: New Heidegger Research, Rowman & Littlefield International

Associate editor, Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual

Scientific committee for Bulletin heidéggerien, ed. Christophe Perrin and Sylvain Camilleri

Associated Researcher, Centro de Estudios Heideggerianos, University of Barcelona

Editorial board, The Heidegger Concordance, ed. François Jaran and Christophe Perrin (Continuum, forthcoming)

Advisory board for Heidegger Lexicon, ed. Mark Wrathall (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Convenor, 2009 meeting of the Heidegger Circle, Cincinnati, OH, May 2009

Secretary-treasurer, Heidegger Circle, May 2008-present

Text seminar co-leader, Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Città di Castello, Italy, July 2000