PHIL-529 Later Heidegger
In this seminar, we will attempt to understand and intelligibly express the claims about being that Heidegger made in his ‘later’ works. The first part of the semester will be dedicated to reading Introduction to Metaphysics (1935), in which Heidegger initiates us into the questioning of being and shows us how to think the human being as Dasein and being as phusis. We will go on to read various essays, covering (i) the history of being and Heidegger’s critiques of modern science and technology, (ii) the role of art and poetry in the granting of being and in offering a way out of modernity, (iii) Heidegger’s deployment of the notion of the fourfold and (iv) Heidegger’s announcement of the end of philosophy and his sketch of a new kind of thinking. Our goal throughout will be to break through the barrier of Heidegger’s terminology and determine how to express his ideas in plain language. Students can expect to produce regular written assignments and to give in-class presentations. Prior familiarity with Heidegger’s thought is neither required or expected. The course is open to graduate students in the Philosophy Department; others only with permission. No auditors.
Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics, trans. Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. Yale, 2000. 0300083289
Martin Heidegger, Basic Writings, ed. David Farrell Krell. Revised, expanded edition. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008. 0061627011
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair.
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