Sam Heidepriem joined the department in 2010, having previously studied Political Science and German at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN (B.A., 2009). His research lies at the intersection of literature, philosophy, and political history, and he is currently writing a dissertation on German literary and philosophical production in the years immediately following the French Revolution. Specifically, the project argues that the Revolution combined with a breakdown in the intellectual program of the Enlightenment to produce an unprecedented cataclysm in European society, a void that German thinkers and writers – Schiller, Fichte, Hölderlin, Hegel, Kleist among them – used as an occasion to innovate literary and philosophical forms. The dissertation details these innovations, drawing out an underlying conception of social as well as conceptual conflict that is unique, in intellectual history, to the upheavals of the late 18th century.
Overall, Sam’s interests include German Idealism, Weimarer Klassik, Frühromantik, political theory, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Heidegger, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis and late 20th century French philosophy. Conference papers this year include “Book of Geneses: Nietzsche’s Gay Science” at the University of Minnesota (German) and “Fascist Leftovers: the Case of the Left Heideggerians” at the University of Michigan (Comparative Literature).
Outside academics, Sam is an avid runner and plays guitar in a local rock band.