Heidegger and Greece

The celebrated German philosopher Martin Heidegger believed there definetely exists a special affinity between Greece and Germany. According to him, Greeks and Germans shared a very similar, almost identic, mindset regarding politics, philosophy, language, religion, morals, values, spirituality, ethics and aesthetics.

For instance, to Heidegger Germany was the heir to the Greek tradition of language and thought. The Greek and German languages were original and intelligent languages. All other languages in Europe had been Latinized, which to Heidegger meant corrupted. Heidegger believed that when Frenchmen thought, they spoke in German. The Greeks were the first to attempt to get to the meaning of Being, and the Germans were the only ones capable of rising from the rubble of Western Civilization to resurrect the tradition.

Adolf Hitler shared a similar view. He wrote in Mein Kampf that “Our passionate struggle must have great challenges: a whole civilization is fighting for its existance, and this civilization shall last millions of years because it will embrace and combinate Hellenism and Germanism�. Hitler refered to Germany as “the new Greece� and the SS-chief Heinrich Himmler often claimed National Socialist Germany to be “a modern version of Sparta�. To many ideologists of German National Socialism, Greece was Germany’s “spiritual homeland�.

Heidegger and Greece