Richard Polt

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Richard Polt
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Scientific career
ThesisHeidegger and the Place of Logic (1991)
Doctoral advisorLeszek Kolakowski

Richard F. H. Polt is a professor of philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has written about and translated works by Martin Heidegger. Polt is a typewriter enthusiast active on the Typosphere[1][unreliable source?] and a former editor of the quarterly ETCetera publication about manual typewriters. He is the author of three books, and he also contributed to the 2016 documentary California Typewriter that features Tom Hanks.


As author[edit]

  • Time and Trauma: Thinking through Heidegger in the Thirties (London: Rowman ¶ Littlefield International Ltd., 2019)
  • The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century (Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 2015)
  • The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger's 'Contributions to Philosophy' (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006)
  • Heidegger: An Introduction (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999)


  • Heidegger's 'Being and Time': Critical Essays (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
  • Richard Polt and Gregory Fried (eds.), A Companion to Heidegger's 'Introduction to Metaphysics'" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001)

As translator[edit]

  • Martin Heidegger, Being and Truth, trans. by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010)
  • Martin Heidegger, An Introduction to Metaphysics, trans. by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2000)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1997)


External links[edit]

  • Profile
  • transcript of interview by (foot of page shows 2005/12/12) 16:20(UTC) 27.10.2011
  • Richard Polt, "Anything But Human", opinion piece in the New York Times, Aug. 5, 2012.
  • website maintained by Richard Polt retrieved 16:12(UTC) 27.10.2011
  • 2008.07.23 R.Polt review from University Notre Dame - College of Arts and Letters 16:33 (UTC) 27.10.2011 [reviewed text : ISBN 978-0-8264-9796-3.]