About the new book, Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human, professor James R. Doty writes: “The profound impact of Werner Erhard’s work on culture and society is a manifestation of an incredible insight, the experience of being, presented in this book through a comparative analysis of a transcript of a 1989 Forum led by Erhard alongside Heidegger’s reflections on the meaning of “being there.” The authors have drawn amazing parallels between these two extraordinary thinkers and have demonstrated the intersections of Heidegger’s language with Erhard’s ontological rhetoric of transformation. Erhard has at times described aspects of his method as ruthless compassion, and like all forms of compassion, evident here is a fundamental motivating desire to alleviate the suffering of others.”

James R. Doty, MD is the Founder & Director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is also the Senior Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science