Heidegger’s Way to ‘Being and Time’ – Second Centenary Workshop

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The second workshop of the series, online 17/11/2021, is devoted to the lecture courses on St Paul and St Augustine.

Heidegger’s Way to ‘Being and Time’ – The Centenary Workshops
The second workshop of this series will held online on Wednesday 17th November. It will be devoted to Heidegger’s 1920-21 lecture courses on St Paul and St Augustine, published in ‘The Phenomenology of Religious Life’. The speakers will be Benjamin Crowe (Boston) and Mark Wrathall (Oxford).

The organisers will announce a call for respondents and provide details of how to register to attend the workshop soon.

About the series
With an eye to the 2027 centenary of its publication, this series of workshops will retrace Heidegger’s steps towards the writing of ‘Being and Time’, each workshop marking the centenary of key studies through which his thought progressed. The organizers will track how, in the years following his return to teaching after World War One, Heidegger wrestled with, and questioned, the phenomenological outlook of his mentor, Husserl; he drew on themes in St Paul, St Augustine, Plato and Aristotle, repeatedly revisiting the latter; as time became a more prominent concern, he turned to the work of Dilthey, and then to Kant, an increasingly influential presence in Heidegger’s thought as he began to draft ‘Being and Time’ itself. The up-coming centenary offers the ideal opportunity to work systematically through this challenging but very rich material, setting ‘Being and Time’ in its true historical context and making possible a re-examination of the book’s philosophical motivation and a fresh evaluation of its importance. The series is generously supported by a grant from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

The first workshop, having been postponed from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was held online in March of this year. It was devoted to Heidegger’s 1919-20 phenomenology lecture courses (‘Towards the Definition of Philosophy’, ‘Basic Problems of Phenomenology’ and ‘Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression’). The third workshop, the date of which is to be confirmed, is provisionally scheduled to take place at Christ Church College, Oxford, and will be devoted to the ‘Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle’ and ‘Aristotle: Ontology and Logic’ lecture courses (1921-22), and the important essay, ‘Phenomenological Interpretations in Connection with Aristotle: An Indication of the Hermeneutical Situation’ (1922). Subject to further funding, further workshops will follow.

Denis McManus (Southampton)
Sacha Golob (KCL)
Joseph Schear (Oxford)