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Heidegger's 'Movement of Nihilism' workshop
Date: 25 February 2009 Time: 12.30-4.30pm
Two research questions are posed with a third adjunct to them, as ways of opening discussion: (1) does the identification made by Martin Heidegger and others of the 'age of technology' as an age of nihilism justify their bringing under a single heading ('movement of nihilism') all the globally dominant political forms of the twentieth (and by implication, twenty-first) century, and if it does, what are the consequences for contemporary political and economic thought?; (2) what is the connection Heidegger made between all these forms as metaphysical expressions of theism (including a-theism) and the 'event of the death of God' as understood by Heidegger to have been exemplified in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche? Is there a political hope being expressed in Heidegger's notion of the 'Last God'?; A third question will have to be touched upon and examined, which will fruitfully offer possibilities especially in a collected volume of essays - (3) is there a renewed possibility of enquiring into the connection between Heidegger's philosophical thinking (both before 1933 and after the Second World War) and his political engagement of the 1930s that goes beyond the hermeneutics suggested variously by Theodore Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, Karl Löwith, Jacques Derrida, Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe, James Phillips, and other less serious commentators?
The next meeting will be heldon Wednesday 25th February between 12:30 and 4:30pm, beginning with a light lunch from 12.30.
There will be two sessions - the first will be led by Dr. Ullrich Haase of Manchester Metropolitan University, as a close reading of §15 of Heidegger's Besinnung (volume 66 of the Heidegger Gesamtausgabe). The second session will be led by Dr. Susan Parsons, and will concentrate on §§70-71 of the Besinnung. We will have copies of the German texts available at the meeting.
Please do encourage research students who wish to attend to do so, they will be very welcome.
The meeting will take place in Room CO89 Bowland North.
1.28th January 'Being-in-the-Polis' and Technique: a reading of two texts, one from the lectures on Aristotle before Being and Time which illustrates the arguments for 'being-in-the-polis' as 'being-with-one-another', and one from 1943, The Word of Nietzsche 'God is Dead'. (January 2009)
Speakers: Dr. Laurence Hemming and Professor Joanna Hodge
Texts: Nietzsches Wort 'Gott ist tot' (1943). in Gesamtausgabe 5, Holzwege, von Herrmann, Friedrich-Wilhelm (ed.), Frankfurt, Klostermann, 1977, pp. 209-267. First published as Holzwege, Frankfurt, Klostermann, 1950, pp. 209-267.
Translated by Lovitt, William (ed.), as The Word of Nietzsche: 'God Is Dead' in The Question Concerning Technology, pp. 53-112. See also the translation under the same title in Martin Heidegger: Off the Beaten Track by Julian Young and Kenneth Haynes (eds. and trans.), New York, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 157-199.
Grundbegriffe der aristotelischen Philosophie, Michalski, Mark (ed.), Frankfurt, Klostermann, 2002. Freiburg lecture course, summer semester 1924. §§9-10. This text is not translated. We will endeavour to have some photocopies available at the meeting.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 1.
2.25th February Gods and the Polis: A close reading of §§70-71 of Mindfulness, entitled Gods. (February 2009)
Speaker: Dr. Susan Parsons
Text: Gesamtausgabe 66, Besinnung, Herrmann, Friedrich-Wilhelm (ed.), Frankfurt, Klostermann, 1997. Translated by Emad, Parvis and Kalary, Thomas as Mindfulness, London, Athlone (Continuum), 2006.
3.23rd March Place and Space: Plenitude and Emptiness: Heidegger's understanding of the connection between book VI of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Aristotle's notion of 'place' (topos), carried out in his 1925 Sophist Lectures (March 2009)
Speaker: Professor Jeff Malpass
4.13th May The Metaphysics of Absence: Heidegger's reading of Marx, 'Liberalism' and Fascism with specific reference to the Contributions to Philosophy, the Le Thor seminars and other scattered remarks, with reference to Heiddeger's Speigel Interview and his own political engagement of 1933. (May 2009)
Speaker: Professor Miguel de Beistegui
5.10th June The Meaning of the Beginning: a reading of sections of Über den Anfang and Mindfulness that speak of the connection between the Greeks, Hegel and Nietzsche, and Heidegger's understanding of the 'other beginning'. (June 2009)
Speaker: Dr. Laurence Hemming
Who can attend: Anyone
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