Human all too human: Martin Heidegger

Human, All Too Human is a three-part 1999 documentary television series produced by the BBC. It follows the lives of three prominent philosophers; Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. The theme of this documentary revolves heavily around the school of philosophical thought known as existentialism, although the term had not been coined at the time of Nietzsche’s writing, and Heidegger declaimed the label. The documentary is named after the 1878 book written by Nietzsche.

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  • Martijn

    Didn’t think this was that interesting of a documentary. It taught me that Heidegger was a nazi sympathizer, wrote a book called Being and Time, and that he lived in a very nice place in the countryside. I’d like to have learned more about his actual philosophy…

    • kend

      Precisely – the “greatest philosopher of the 20th century” is kept a mystery to those of us unfamiliar with his supposed revelationary interpretation of being which sadly, is only mentioned in passing. One finds oneself waiting with futility for the endless accounts of his nazi machinations to submit to a discussion of his great discovery. In the end, a highly disappointing documentary.   

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  • Wouter Van Rossem

    I agree with Martijn. I was hoping to learn something about Heidegger’s philosophical views, but instead the documentary is too focused on his life and particularly his involvement with the Nazi Party.
    Of course this is necessary to understand what sort of a person Heidegger was and to let the viewer decide if this should affect how we regard him as a philosopher. This is however difficult to decide if we hardly have any information about his philosophical views.So unless you already know about Heidegger’s ideas and want to know more about his life, I wouldn’t really recommend this documentary.

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