Heidegger, Martin (1889-1976) Born in Messkirch, Germany, Martin Heidegger stressed existential phenomenology. He maintained that people must accept that death in inevitable and that it is followed by nothingness. For Heidegger the contemplation of death was worse than the real thing.
Heidegger was an active supporter of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. In light of the horrors of the Holocaust, Heidegger’s questioning of what it is to be and his warnings of the dangers of nihilism (being deprived of meaning) seem extremely odd.