Philosophy Department Faculty

Gregory Fried




Professor Fried has taught at the University of Chicago, Boston University, California State University Los Angeles, and Suffolk University. He teaches and publishes in political philosophy, with a particular interest in responses to challenges to liberal democracy and the rise of ethno-nationalism. He also works in philosophy of law, especially law and hermeneutics; philosophy and race; practical ethics, including just war theory; public philosophy; the history of ethics; Ancient philosophy; and 20th century Continental philosophy, especially Heidegger.

Other Professional Activities

Book series co-editor, “New Heidegger Research,” Roman and Littlefield International

Co-founder and director, “Mirror of Race” 

Executive producer, “Before the Trees Was Strange,” directed by Derek Burrows 


Towards a Polemical Ethics: Between Heidegger and Plato (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, forthcoming 2020).

Confronting Heidegger: A Critical Dialogue on Politics and Philosophy (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, forthcoming 2019).

With Charles Fried, Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror (New York: W. W. Norton, 2010).

Heidegger’s Polemos: From Being to Politics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000).


Recent Publications

“Odysseus on the Beach: Humanity between the Anthropocene and the Hubriscene,” in The Task of Philosophy in the Anthropocene: Axial Echoes in Global Space, Richard Polt and Jon Wittrock, eds. (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, forthcoming 2018).

“On Beyond Heidegger,” in After Heidegger? Gregory Fried and Richard Polt, eds. (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).

“Whitewashed with Moralism: On Heidegger’s Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism,” in Heidegger and Jewish Thought: Difficult Others, Elad Lapidot and Micha Brumlik, eds. (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).

“Epochale Polemik: Nach den Schwarzen Heften mit und gegen Heidegger denken,” in Martin Heideggers ‘Schwarze Hefte’: Eine philosophisch-politische Debatte (Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2016).

“The King Is Dead: Martin Heidegger after the Black Notebooks,” in Reading Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, 1931-1941, Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas, eds. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016).

“Retrieving phronêsis: Heidegger on the Essence of Politics,” Continental Philosophy Review 47:3 (September 2014).

“Heidegger, politics and us: Towards a polemical ethics,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 39:9 (November 2013) 863-75.

“A Freakish Whiteness: The Circassian Lady and the Caucasian Fantasy,” The Mirror of Race (April 2013): available online at