Summer Arts & Humanities w/ Prof. Ralkowski

11 Apr

If you’re looking for a class this summer, you can take Prof. Ralkowski Being and Time.  You can register for summer classes during your regular registration times.  We’ve got the full details for the course below — including when it meets, what it counts for, and how long it lasts.

Summer courses like this occur over a condensed period of time, so they’re a great option if you’re feeling pinched schedule wise, and they can free up class slots for you during the regular school year.

Also, they’re a great way to convince mom and dad to help you stay in DC for the summer!

Being and Time – Prof. Mark Ralkowski 

HONR 2053W:10 – CRN: 88231 – Credits: 3

MTWR 6-7:30pm
Dates: 5/21/12-6/30/12

Fulfills: WID; CCAS: Humanities; ESIA: Humanities; GWSB: Humanities/Non-Business and Unrestricted Elective; SEAS: Humanities Elective

“When I left the auditorium, I was speechless. For a brief moment I felt as if I had a glimpse into the ground and foundation of the world. In my inner being, something was touched that had been asleep for a long time.” That is how one person described the experience of listening to Heidegger present his philosophy. This advanced seminar will be an intensive and focused study of Heidegger’s Being and Time, one of the most influential philosophical works of the twentieth century. We will begin the course with an overview of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological method, and then trace how Heidegger adopts and adapts this new way of doing philosophy in order to address the problems of existence. Second, we will work our way through Being and Time systematically, mastering Heidegger’s arguments and considering their implications for traditional philosophical problems in epistemology and ontology. Finally, we will look at the “turn” in Hiedegger’s later thought, and consider the importance of his philosophy for understanding language, art, and poetry, as well as his profound critique of modernity, which has influenced thinkers as diverse as Sartre, Marcuse, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Cavell, Taylor, Agamben, and Žižek. As Richard Rorty once said, “You cannot read most of the important philosophers of recent times without taking Heidegger’s thought into account.” This course is designed for students who want to know why. (An added bonus for philosophy majors: this course will fulfill a proseminar requirement, PHIL 4198.)

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