Department of Philosophy

Dr. Richard Polt

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Philosophy Department

Richard Polt holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1991). His interests include German and Greek philosophy. He has taught elective courses on a variety of topics, including Heidegger, memory, history, technology, and African-American philosophy.

Selected publications:

Heidegger: An Introduction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.

A Companion to Heidegger's "Introduction to Metaphysics." Edited by Richard Polt and Gregory Fried. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Heidegger's "Being and Time": Critical Essays. Edited by Richard Polt. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger's "Contributions to Philosophy." Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.

After Heidegger? Edited by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. London: Rowman & Littlefield International,

The Task of Philosophy in the Anthropocene: Axial Echoes in Global Space. Edited by Richard Polt and Jon
Wittrock. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018.

Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019.

More complete CV available here.  











Heidegger, Greek Philosophy, Continental Philosophy

First Year at Xavier




  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago)