Heidegger’s Way to ‘Being and Time’ – The Centenary Workshops

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Advance notification of a series of annual workshops beginning in 2020, marking the centenary of ‘Being and Time’ in 2027.

Centenary Workshop I (2020)
> University of Southampton
> 18 March 2020
> Details of how to register to attend the workshop coming soon

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

“We are pleased to announce the first of a series of workshops, examining how Heidegger worked his way to the writing of ‘Being and Time’. With an eye to the 2027 centenary of that book’s publication, the series will retrace Heidegger’s steps, each workshop marking the centenary of key studies through which his thought progressed. We 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 first workshop will be devoted to Heidegger’s early Freiburg phenomenology lecture courses, ‘Towards the Definition of Philosophy’ (1919), ‘Basic Problems of Phenomenology’ (1919-20) and ‘Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression’ (1920). It will take place on 18th March 2020, at the University of Southampton; and the speakers will be Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston), Tobias Keiling (Würzburg) and Irene McMullin (Essex). We will announce a call for respondents and provide details of how to register to attend the workshop soon.

“The first three workshops in the series are generously supported by a grant from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. (We would also like to thank the Mind Association for its support.) The second workshop, which is provisionally scheduled to take place in Autumn 2020/Spring 2021 at King’s College, London, will be devoted to ‘The Phenomenology of Religious Life’ lectures (1919-21). The third workshop, provisionally scheduled to take place in Autumn 2021/Spring 2022 at Christ Church College, Oxford, will be devoted to the ‘Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle’ and ‘Aristotle: Ontology and Logic’ lectures (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.”