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
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 - www.citylit.ac.uk - to see the full range of philosophy courses on offer.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details