Albert Hofstadter

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Albert Hofstadter
Born March 28, 1910
Died January 26, 1989
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental philosophy, Phenomenology
Main interests
Philosophy of art, philosophy in literature

Albert Hofstadter (March 28, 1910 – January 26, 1989) was an American philosopher.

Life and career[edit]

Hofstadter taught at Columbia University (1950–67), the University of California at Santa Cruz (1968–75) and the New School for Social Research (1976–78).[1] He was the elder brother of physicist and Nobel laureate Robert Hofstadter and the uncle of Robert's son, Douglas Hofstadter.

Thoughts on the later Heidegger[edit]

As a Heidegger scholar, Hofstadter contends that Heidegger is able to shape and use language in keeping with his basic insight that language is the house of Being, i.e., where humans dwell. "It is by staying with the thinking the language itself does that Heidegger is able to rethink, and thus think anew, the oldest, the perennial and perennially forgotten thoughts."[2] One of these is the Being of beings in the sense of aletheia. Hofstadter praises Heidegger's project to free human beings from alienated ways of relating to things, "letting us find in it a real dwelling place instead of the cold, sterile hostelry in which we presently find ourselves."[3]

Major works[edit]

Books (authored and edited)[edit]

  • Philosophies of Art and Beauty: Selected Readings in Aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger. co-edited by Richard Kuhns. Modern Library. 1964. 
  • Truth and Art. Columbia University Press. 1965. 


  • Heidegger, Martin (1982). The Basic Problems of Phenomenology. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. Indiana University Press. 
  • Heidegger, Martin (1971). Poetry, Language, Thought. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. Harper Collins. 


  1. ^ "Albert Hofstadter, Philosopher, 78", New York Times, Jan. 28., 1989
  2. ^ Heidegger, Martin and Albert Hofstadter. "Introduction," Poetry, Language, Thought.. New York: Harper Collins, 1971, pg. xvi.
  3. ^ Hofstadter, 1971, pg. xvii.