Being in the world: Heidegger's philosophy

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

“The being of 'being' is itself not a being”. Questioning the meaning of ‘Being’ lies at the root of Heidegger’s critique of the ‘crisis’ of Western culture that his philosophy sought to overcome.


What is the course about?

Heidegger's philosophy is key to contemporary ‘continental’ philosophy and is of wide cultural relevance. It is worth engaging in its own right. However, it is a very large and ‘complex’ corpus that requires some guidance to navigate and make sense of.
Heidegger questions the meaning of our ‘being in the world’. How he understands Being is central to his philosophical project and is the prism through which the significance of art, language, culture and science & technology are examined. Does Heidegger's thought inaugurate another philosophical ‘beginning’ from where the ancient Greek Pre-Socratics left off or can ‘only a God save us’ from the crisis of nihilism that Heidegger takes as our contemporary condition?

What will we cover?

Heidegger’s thinking on:
• Being, Time & the ‘metaphysics’
• Greek philosophy
• Art & Culture
• Machination, Science & Technology
• Language
• Politics
The following works by Heidegger will be among those we will drawn on:
‘Being and Time’ (trans. Joan Stambaugh), ‘Contributions to Philosophy of the Event’, ‘Letter on Humanism’ (in ‘Pathmarks’), ‘The Origins of the Work of Art’ (in ‘Off the Beaten Track’), ‘Ponderings II-VI’.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discuss, simply, the meaning and wider relevance of ‘Being/Beyng’ as understood in Heidegger’s philosophy.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course does not assume any prior knowledge of Heidegger’s thought, however some introductory familiarity with or interest in ‘phenomenological’ or ‘continental’ philosophy would be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. There will be some readings discussed in pairs or small groups in the sessions. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Notemaking equipment of your own choice. You may find the following book useful:
• Basic Writings: Martin Heidegger (Routledge Classics)
Handouts of relevant portions of Heidegger’s texts will be provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in John Goff's short courses on Edith Stein (HP090) and Luce Irigaray (HP032) or his upcoming term-long course on Zen, Dao and Western philosophy (HP112).
Please check our website - - to see the full range of philosophy courses on offer.

Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his page at ''.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HP100

Mon, day, 13 Jan - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £88.00

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