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 main interests are the metaphysical and ethical problems of Greek and German philosophy. He has taught elective courses on a variety of topics, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, German idealism, existentialism, slavery, time, and Heidegger.

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)