Indiana University Bloomington

Spring 2019: Schedule of the Reading Group

Convener: Patrick Dove (Spanish & Portuguese)

The reading group usually meets Fridays, 2 - 3:30 pm, at the College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Avenue. Readings are from Martin Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event), translated by Richard Wojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu (Bloomington: IU Press, 2012). The full text of the volume is available in electronic form from the Library website (IU logic required).

Jan 18: Prospect §§ 1-13 (pp.5-30).
Jan 25: Prospect §§ 14-30 (pp.30-55).
Feb 1: Prospect §§ 31-49 (pp.56-81).
Feb 8: The Resonating §§ 50-69 (pp.86-106).
Feb 15: The Resonating §§ 70-80 (pp.106-29).
Feb 22: The Interplay §§ 81-102 (pp.133-58).
Mar 1: The Interplay §§ 103-14 (pp.158-76).
Mar 8: No meeting. 
Mar 15: Spring Break.
Mar 22 : The Leap §§ 115-37 (pp.179-203).
Mar 29: The Leap §§ 138-167 (pp.204-27).
April 5: The Grounding §§ 168-203, pp.231-57.
April 12: Conference.
April 19: The Grounding §§ 204-247, pp.259-310.
April 26: The Future Ones, §§ 248-52, The Last God, §§ 253-56, pp.311-324.

Martin Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy

In Spring 2019, the Center reading group engages with Martin Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis), written in 1936-38 but not published until 1989. Emblematic of the so-called “turn” (Kehre) in Heidegger’s thought, the Beiträge was not intended for publication. The style of writing is even more obscure than that of the seminars and shorter works intended for circulation.
How do we read this enigmatic text? The Beiträge challenges us to move beyond the familiar practice of reading to extract hidden meaning. Heidegger likens the text to a quarry where we first need to discover the instruments needed to mine it. He means to dissociate his thought from the architectonics of modern philosophical and scientific systems: rather than standing edifices, here we find only dispersed blocks waiting to be put to new use. We must learn to attune our ears to its concerns and trains of thought, while inserting our own questions and problems, to make it speak to our situation, which is of course different from Heidegger’s.
The Beiträge opens up new paths for thinking that resonate with Heidegger's later writings on art, poetry, history, and technology. In the hermetic discourse of the Beiträge, the ethical and political stakes are in fact set quite high. Heidegger’s thinking marks a break with humanistic accounts of history while posing some intriguing possible connections with unorthodox moments in Marx’s writings as well as with post-Marxist (especially Althusserian) reflections on history and relations of production.
The Beiträge has been translated into English twice. We will use the more recent 2012 translation by Richard Wojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu, Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event), published by Indiana University Press and available full text via IUCAT (login required).

Like all Center activities, the reading group is open to the public.


The Reading Group constitutes the intellectual heart of the Center and predates the Center by many years. Here are some of the major texts the group has studied:

Adorno, Aesthetic Theory
Arendt, The Human Condition
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.
Badiou, Being and Event.
Bergson, Matter and Memory.
Blumenberg,The Legitimacy of the Modern Age.
Cavell, The Claims of Reason.
Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe.
Deleuze, Cinema I; Difference and Repetition.
Fink, Play as Symbol of the World.
Foucault, The Hermeneutics of the Subject.
Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams.
Gadamer, Truth and Method.
Heidegger, Being and Time.
Husserl, The Crisis of European Sciences.
Lyotard, The Differend.
Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception; The Visible and the Invisible.
Plato, The Laws.
Rancière, The Names of History.
Zizek, The Puppet and the Dwarf.