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Heidegger's Ontology (PH349-15)

TIMING & CATS

This module is not running in 2017-18.

MODULE DESCRIPTION

This module will introduce students to the phenomenological ontology of Martin Heidegger, and in particular to the following issues and concepts central to Heidegger’s thought: The ontological difference, the question of being, and its relation to space and time, the nature of human existence, the relation between Heidegger’s philosophy and the problems of realism and idealism.


LEARNING OUTCOMES OR AIMS

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the key issues and disputes in 20th century existentialism and phenomenology;

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of the ideas of the period;

  • understand and assess critically and intelligently a key text in this field – Heidegger’s Being and Time;

  • practise the presentation of ideas and arguments in a clear and rigorous fashion, both orally and in written form.

CONTACT TIME

In this module students must attend 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week

Lectures for 2016-17

Tuesdays 11am to 1pm LIB1
 

Seminars start in week 2

There will be no seminars in reading week (week 6)

Please sign up for a seminar group using tabula.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

This module will be assessed in the following way:

  • One 1,500 word essay (worth 15% of the module)
  • One 2,500 word esay (worth 85% of the module)

BACKGROUND READING AND TEXTBOOKS

Lectures will focus on a sustained reading of Heidegger’s most famous work, Being and Time [1927] (Oxford: Blackwell, 1962). Seminars will consist of an in-depth discussion of the passages introduced in the lectures.

Course materials

From October 2016 course materials will be available on Moodle. Simply sign in and select the module from your Moodle home page.

Please note you must be regisitered for the module on eMR in order to access the relevant page.