Heidegger's Being & Time

Term: Spring 2012

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6053

Martin Heidegger is arguably the most important philosopher in the twentieth-century Continental tradition, and Being and Time is his magnum opus. The aim of this course is simply to read carefully and critically the first division of the book and as much of the second division as we can cover. We will also look at some of Heidegger’s later texts. The objective of the course is for students to have a firm grasp on the key philosophical issues and concepts raised by the project that Heidegger called fundamental ontology. These include: Heidegger’s relation to Husserl and his critical adoption of phenomenological method; his critique of traditional epistemology; his account of the nature of the world and the relation of persons to world; his critique of the Cartesian understanding of world and space; his account of intersubjectivity and his critique of modernity; the key concept of ‘thrown projection’ and an explanation of the various ‘existentials’ (state-of-mind, understanding, and discourse); his concepts of thrownness, falling, and inauthenticity; his account of moods and anxiety as the basic attunement of the human being; the meaning of care as the being of the human being; his critique of the realism-vs.-idealism debate; his concept of truth and his critique of the traditional concept of truth; and analyses of being-toward-death, conscience, authenticity, and historicity


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