Members of the Heidegger Circle,

The Executive Committee was contacted a few days ago to let us know that Parvis Emad, 87, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2023, surrounded by the loving presence of his family.

Parvis Emad was a world-renowned scholar in continental philosophy and phenomenology, specifically as an educator, interpreter and translator of Martin Heidegger’s writing. In the work of translation, Parvis always found what he called “the task of thinking” in its most vibrant form. Parvis was a paradigmatic scholar in exploring Heidegger’s thinking, showing in theory and practice the importance of going back “to the texts themselves.” A generous and profoundly creative collaborator, Parvis co-translated five significant volumes from Heidegger’s complete works, including two of Heidegger’s most groundbreaking works, Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) (1999) and Mindfulness (2006). In his four sole-authored books and many articles and essays, he shared what he gleaned from the path of translation and interpretation. In 1985, he founded the journal, Heidegger Studies, where he served as editor-in-chief until 2015. Parvis always understood that knowledge, light, and guidance – in life and in the philosophical enterprise – comes from the path itself, not only the destination.

Prof. Emad’s wife Gertrude and daughter Dr. Mitra Emad have indicated that donations may be made to the Heidegger Circle in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made through this link:

For more information, please see his Obituary posted at