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Brief über den Humanismus (1947, English: "Letter on Humanism") is a text by Martin Heidegger. It strongly criticized Sartrean existentialism. "Letter on 'Humanism'" is often seen as a direct response to Sartre's 1945 lecture "Existentialism is a Humanism."

Heidegger criticized Sartre's existentialism:

Existentialism says existence precedes essence. In this statement he is taking existentia and essentia according to their metaphysical meaning, which, from Plato's time on, has said that essentia precedes existentia. Sartre reverses this statement. But the reversal of a metaphysical statement remains a metaphysical statement. With it, he stays with metaphysics, in oblivion of the truth of Being.


Peter Sloterdijk wrote "Ein Antwortschreiben zu Heideggers Brief über den Humanismus"

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