The Question of Being
On human being, death, technics, and poetry
The course is an invitation to think after the most fundamental phenomena of being and human existence.
The course is ideal for everyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of existentialism, phenomenology, the philosophy of technology, and modernity and its relationship with Antiquity.
We begin the journey in the depths of Dasein's existence and its thrownness into ecstatic time; we move into the fissures of being and the event; traverse the unfathomable powers of technology and its origins in metaphysics; and see how poetic language may be a way out of technocracy.
We will touch on transhumanism, ecstatic time, concealment, truth as aletheia, technology as "Gestell", as well as Heidegger's relationship with thinkers like Nietzsche, Hegel, Kant, and Heraclitus.
As we shall see the phenomenon of death is key to understand Heidegger’s entire philosophical project. The course invites you to think up and articulate an answer of your own to the Question of Being.
For the course we will read excerpts from key texts such as "Being and Time", "Contributions", "Question Concerning Technology", and "What are Poets for?"
There are 5 lectures followed by 5 group seminars. There will be an additional seminar where you can present your talk.
The course is based on my book "Heidegger on Death and Being" published by Springer in 2021.