Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this undergraduate course I would like to focus our semester's attention on the works of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. We will begin with a consideration of philosophy's relationship to poetry and then turn to Heidegger's late essays written after the German defeat in World War II. There Heidegger turns to a series of issues dealing with the relationship between philosophy and poetry, the relationship of modern Germany to ancient Greece, the question concerning technology, the possibility of poetic dwelling, and the meaning of home in an industrial-technological society determined by the implacable forces of cybernetic calculation and technological planning.
By focusing our attention on a close reading of Heidegger's texts, I hope to introduce students to the German practice of hermeneutic interpretation, a form of understanding that seeks to engage texts in their historical, linguistic, cultural, and metaphysical contexts. My aim is to offer a critical reading of Heidegger's philosophy both in its relation to poetry and within the political context of German thinking.
Martin Heidegger, Holderlin's Hymns 'Germania' and 'The Rhine'
Friedrich Holderlin, Selected Poems & Prose
Martin Heidegger, Pathmarks
Martin Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track
Martin Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought
Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics
Martin Heidegger, Discourse on Thinking
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:
2 essays of 5-9 pp. length, a Protokoll of 1-2 pp. length, and a final paper proposal of 1-2 pp.