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).


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)

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.

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.