We’ll spend the first half of the course slowly reading the first half of Being and Time. In the second half of the course, we’ll read selections from Heidegger from either the second half of Being and Time or other later work by him, according to students’ interests. No prior knowledge of Heidegger is assumed.
By the end of the course, the participants will be able to explain and assess Heidegger’s contributions to questions concerning the nature of human being, the status of knowledge, the question of personal identity as well as Heidegger’s influence on, convergence with or divergence from other philosophical traditions.
Regular attendance, preparation, and participation in discussion plus one two response papers (500 words (20%). One 2,000-word term paper (80%). An A grade requires a clear, focused and somewhat original paper.