The Other Beginning:
Martin Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy
Why are there beings instead of nothing? The question is obscure, Martin Heidegger tells us, not because it is complex but because it is so utterly simple: being is all around us at every moment, yet our language is unable to grasp it without turning it into something else—a thing or a being, rather than being as such.
To delve into the question of how philosophical thinking can approach the being of the world, this Spring the Center’s reading group grapples with Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie: Vom Ereignis (Contributions to Philosophy: On the Event). Written in the years leading up to WWII, the Beiträge marks a turn in Heidegger’s thought. Here he abandons the established philosophical vocabulary that he developed in his landmark Being and Time and seeks to ask more original questions about art, poetry, history, and technology.
The work of the reading group culminates in a conference, scheduled for April 11-12, in which leading scholars help us make better sense of the Contributions.
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