An Open Community Continuing
the Thought of Martin Heidegger


It is with profound sadness that we report that Theodore Kisiel, a founding member of The Heidegger Circle, passed away early on Christmas morning at the age of 91 after a long illness. A renowned Heidegger scholar who taught at Northern Illinois University until his retirement, Ted was author of the seminal study The Genesis of Heidegger's Being and Time and translator of Heidegger's 1925 lecture course History of the Concept of Time, among many other notable accomplishments. He is survived by his wife Marie and daughters Caroline and Cassandra.

For an obituary and details of a livestream virtual memorial service to be held on January 16, please visit

Donations may be made in honor of Ted's memory to the Heidegger Circle to support young scholars in the field.


Since 1967, the Heidegger Circle has met annually to discuss the thought and writings of Martin Heidegger.

Our Story

The Heidegger Circle is committed to the understanding, interpretation, and advancement of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

The Heidegger Circle was founded in 1967 at DePaul University, where it held its first meeting. It is now a well-established, international organization of faculty, students, and independent scholars interested in developing new ways of thinking about Heidegger’s philosophy. The Heidegger Circle holds an annual meeting, usually held in May, devoted to the interpretation of Heidegger’s ideas. The Circle also hosts an online forum for discussion of Heidegger’s philosophy throughout the year, and it sponsors a print journal, Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual, which includes philosophical articles and book reviews. As an organization, the Heidegger Circle recognizes the enduring significance of Heidegger’s thinking, and it welcomes free and open debate on his work.

Presiding Officer

John Rose, Goucher College


Matthew Krüger-Ross, West Chester University

At-Large Committee Members

Katherine Davies, University of Texas at Dallas
Jessica Elkayam, Sam Houston State University

Graduate Student Representative

Jennifer Gammage, DePaul University


Julia Ireland, Whitman College

Executive Committee Members

James Bahoh, University of Memphis (Future Host)
Roísín Lally, Gonzaga University (Current Host)
Scott Campbell, Nazareth College (Past Host)

Past Presiding Officers

Julia Ireland, Whitman College (2017-2021)
Richard Polt, Xavier University (2014-2017)
William McNeill, DePaul University (2011-2014)
Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University ( 2008-2011)

Martin Heidegger

German philosopher and seminal thinker in the Continental tradition and philosophical hermeneutics. Born in Messkirch, Germany 26 September 1889. Died in Freiburg im Breisgau, 26 May 1976.

Martin Heidegger is widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century, while remaining one of the most controversial. His thinking has contributed to such diverse fields as phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty), existentialism (Sartre, Ortega y Gasset), hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur), political theory (Arendt, Marcuse, Habermas), psychology (Boss, Binswanger, Rollo May), and theology (Bultmann, Rahner, Tillich). His critique of traditional metaphysics and his opposition to positivism and technological world domination have been embraced by leading theorists of postmodernity (Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard).

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The Heidegger Circle Annual is a yearly peer-reviewed journal of scholarship on Heidegger, sponsored by the Heidegger Circle.


Editor: Scott M. Campbell, Nazareth College

Editorial information, call for papers, and submission guidelines

Individuals and libraries may subscribe through the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Printed copies of all volumes are available here.

All volumes and articles can be downloaded as PDF here.

Heidegger Circle Mentoring Program

The newly established Heidegger Circle Mentoring Program is in search of both mentors and mentees for our inaugural cohort. This one-year program is designed to facilitate the development of mentoring relationships between established and emerging scholars whose work involves Heidegger.

Structure of the Program:

  • The Mentoring Program coordinators will match mentors and mentees in late summer. Over the course of the academic year, mentors and mentees will commit to three virtual meetings, two in the fall and one in the spring. Suggested meeting agendas will be provided.

  • Mentors will also be asked to read and provide feedback on a work-in-progress, likely select documents from the mentee’s job application dossier or a research paper in-progress.

  • We expect mentees to spend up to five hours participating in this program. Mentors may volunteer up to ten hours over the academic year. The Mentoring Program coordinators will solicit feedback from program participants at the conclusion of the one-year program.

How to get involved:

  • If you are interested in participating as a Mentee and have not signed up already, please sign up here:

  • If you are interested in participating as a Mentor and have not signed up already, please sign up here:

  • If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact co-facilitators Tricia Glazebrook or Kate Davies by using the Contact form at the bottom of this homepage.

Statement on Professional Respect and Inclusivity

The Heidegger Circle is committed to sustaining a climate of professional respect and inclusivity. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, nation of origin, sex, gender identification or expression, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic class, age, and/or religion in any form. We expect that anyone who participates in the Circle’s activities respects and upholds this commitment. Publications and papers presented at meetings of the Circle should use gender-inclusive language, except when quoting sources that do not. All events organized for the Circle should consider accessibility and strive to be as inclusive as possible.

Upcoming Events

Check this space for upcoming conferences and events related to Heidegger. Including any associated Call for Papers.

Heidegger circle meeting

Since 1967, the Heidegger Circle has met annually to discuss the thought and writings of Martin Heidegger. Meet fellow members, hear interesting papers, and join a welcoming community.

More info The University of Memphis

Heidegger circle meeting

Since 1967, the Heidegger Circle has met annually to discuss the thought and writings of Martin Heidegger. Meet fellow members, hear interesting papers, and join a welcoming community.

More info The University of Memphis

To think is to confine yourself to a
single thought that one day stands still like a
star in the world's sky.

Martin Heidegger, "Poetry, Language, Thought" p.4



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