Heinrich Meier

Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought

Committee on Social Thought
1130 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Office: Foster 317
Phone: 773-702-8413

Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought

Heinrich Meier is director of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich, professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, and permanent visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • (ed.) Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes / Diskurs über den Ursprung und die Grundlagen der Ungleichheit unter den Menschen. Newly edited, translated, and with commentary. Paderborn: Schöningh Verlag, 1984. Sixth edition, 2008.
  • Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss: The Hidden Dialogue. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1995. Revised paperback edition, 2006.
  • The Lesson of Carl Schmitt: Four Chapters on the Distinction between Political Theology and Political Philosophy. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1998. Expanded paperback edition, 2011.
  • Leo Strauss and the Theologico-Political Problem. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Paperback edition, 2007.
  • On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau’s “Rêveries” in Two Books. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Political Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • (ed.) Leo Strauss: Gesammelte Schriften. 3 volumes. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler Verlag, 1996–2001.
  • Was ist Nietzsches Zarathustra? Eine philosophische Auseinandersetzung. München: C.H.Beck, 2017.

Courses Taught

  • Rousseau and Nietzsche on the Philosophic Life. Part I: “The Reveries of the Solitary Walker”
  • Rousseau and Nietzsche on the Philosophic Life. Part II: “Ecce Homo”
  • Rousseau and the “Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar”
  • Leo Strauss: “Thoughts on Machiavelli”
  • The Right of Politics and the Knowledge of the Philosopher: Rousseau’s “On the Social Contract”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche’s “The Antichrist” or What Is a Philosopher?
  • Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche's "Twilight of the Idols"