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Preparatory Fundamental Analysis of Dasein

Lecturer: Mammad Aidani

Originally Taught: Evening Sem 2 2021

How has Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time opened a new way of thinking and reading texts, interpreting them, and understanding both being and the world- in which we live?

Undoubtedly, alongside Husserl and Wittgenstein’s works, Heidegger’s writings have transformed how we do philosophy today. Heidegger’s seminal book Being and Time is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and gaining in-depth knowledge about the philosophy of the twentieth century and, most importantly, the consolidation of continental philosophy.

His unique phenomenological approach to philosophy, particularly regarding the question of Being - which he argues was ignored throughout the history of philosophy since Socratic times - Heidegger changed the ways read and do philosophy forever. The publication of Being and Time in 1927 established Martin Heidegger as an innovative, challenging, and formidable philosopher. With his new approach to philosophy, he paved a formidable path for many significant philosophers and theorists in the social sciences and humanities to emerge, flourish, and engage with new ways of thinking about thinking.

In this twelve-week series of readings of the first part of the book (Pages: 13 to 340), we will focus on some of the fundamental ideas and concepts that Heidegger introduces and discusses in his seminal work.  Throughout the sessions, we will also discuss his philosophical method and the significance of his ontological questioning method concerning the unique importance of the meanings of Being and beings in his phenomenological philosophy.

Reader: Please read the version of Being and Time, translated by John Macquarie & Edward Robinson. Basil Blackwell, 1985 publish this version.

Course schedule and pages for reading for each session will be handed out to the participants at our first session.

In these 12 seminars, it is anticipated that Division One: Part One of “Being and Time “(pp. 21 – 275) will be carefully and comprehensibly discussed.

Introduction (Reading Being and Time)

  1. The Question of Being and Time (sections, short intro- 1,2,3 and 4: pages 19-35)
  2. Method and Phenomenology [ the twofold task in working out the question of Being: method and Design of our Investigation- plan of Being and Time. Sections 5,6 and 8: Pages: 36-64))
  3. Analytic [Analysis of Dasein ( sections  9-11 Pages: 67-77)
  4. Being –in-the-world - knowing ( sections 12 and 13: 78-90 )
  5. The world and the Wroldhood (sections 14 to 24 the world as a significant whole: pages 91-148)
  6. Then they (25 and 27: 148-168)
  7. The features of Being- in and with[ Being-IN As Such] (28-29: pages 169-179)
  8. Atonement and understanding: [ Fear as a mode of state of Mind (30-33: pages 179-195)
  9. Understanding [Being there as understanding] (33-36 mode of interpretation and assertion. Pages 195-214)
  10. Discourse, Falling, Anxiety, Care, Idle talk etc. [Care as the Being of Dasein/Being-there and Discourse. Language] (36 to 43: Pages 214-244)
  11. The world, disclosedness, and althea (truth) (43 -44: Pages 244-273)

Reader: The set text for this course is the edition of Being and Time, translated by Johan Macquarie & Edward Robinson. Published by Basil Blackwell, 1985