This seminar will be a close and phenomenological "Midwest" reading of Heidegger's Being and Time. Though Heidegger's text is too complex for a one semester seminar, we will try to go through all major paragraphs of the text, except the sections on time and historicity. It is expected that students intensively study the primary material and come well prepared to class. Given that this is a graduate seminar, I expect self-responsible learners in class.
It is hoped for that at the end of the class participants will be able to understand the main aspects of Heidegger's early masterwork and that they understand its phenomenological perspective (which some commentators miss).
Prof. Marjolein Oele will give a talk on Heidegger and Aristotle on Thursday, Nov 20. Prof. Oele is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco with specializations in Ancient Philosophy and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (PhD, Loyola University Chicago). She also holds a Doctor of Medicine from the Free University, Amsterdam and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam. For her dissertation Aristotle on Pathos, she was awarded the Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in 2005. She has taught summer workshops for faculty in Mexico and served as a Teaching Assistant at the Free University in Amsterdam.
Heidegger, Martin, Being and Time, New
Several additional commentaries and excellent essay collections are available in the library; for example, A Companion to Heidegger (ed. Dreyfus) is available through MSU's library.
The course will be organized such that, ideally, each class period will include [i] "interactive" lecture, [ii] protocol discussion, class presentations [iii], and [iv] paper discussion. Students will be asked to study a certain text or part of a text for the next class period.
Protocol (German tradition)
The class protocol should cover our discussion in class. Protocols should have a length of 3 pages (around 900 words), and they will in and outside of the classroom force us to have an ongoing reflection on our texts that we study for class. They can also include problems or questions that the writers had either with our class discussion or with the texts itself, but above all protocols should cover what I lectured about in class and what we discussed afterwards. Protocols should clarify and discuss selected issues in question. Protocols have to be sent out to other students in class by email on Saturdays by noon. It is your responsibility to make sure that you received a protocol. I'll radically mark down late turn ins. The student who wrote the protocol will address questions during the first 20 minutes of the next class meeting, and he/she will lead the class discussion.
Every student must prepare 2 brief - precise - 2 page papers about a concept selected from the reading assignments (no longer than 900 words), which has to be sent out by email by Saturdays.
Given that this is a graduate seminar, I expect self-motivation, autonomy, as well as self-responsibility. The attendance requires the willingness to intensively study the text selected for class.
Nov 21-23, Colombiere Retreat Center
The class essay should be well researched and should present a substantial reflection on one of the key concepts that Heidegger develops in Being and Time, such as interpretation, phenomenology, existence, understanding, etc. I expect excellent papers in regard to research, form, and content. I will fail papers that do not comply with formal standards (footnotes, literature, etc.)
Paper Conference/Oral Examination
After you have turned in your paper we will discuss your paper in the form of an oral examination (30 minutes).
You will be evaluated on the basis of:
GENERIC SYLLABUS (might not be applicable to each class)
I do not employ in my classes a class attendance policy. Having said this, you should be aware that class attendance is very important. When engaging in a philosophical and humanistic dialogue it is necessary to be an active and present participant in the ongoing discussion. If you miss class please do not email me asking if you missed anything important. Every class is important. You should get a study buddy for the class; a student in class who will inform you of what you missed. If you miss a class you can come to my office hours or make an appointment to discuss the material, providing you have read the material and you simply want to see if your understanding of the material is on target. Time in office hours will not be used to repeat the class lectures.
Helpful information about oral presentations, paper writing and plagiarism
Online Research Sources
Unfortunately, some people think that the internet as such is a reliable source of information. If you decide to use online sources for additional information or your paper then do not just use one of the common internet search engines, such as Google; rather, use reliable academic sources, such as Britannica Online, or the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Here are other resources: Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy - Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (e-book) - The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. The Internet Ecyclopedia of Philosophy isn't very good, but still acceptable. Check out MSU's library resources! And, as with other sources, you must cite any online sources to which you refer in your essay.
Writing Center Information
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In any essay or exam answer submitted for assessment, all passages taken from other people's work must be placed within quotation marks, with specific reference to author, title and page. no excuse can be accepted for any failure to do so, nor will inclusion of the source in a bibliography be considered inadequate acknowledgement. If the marker decides that plagiarism has occurred, the student may be judged to have failed the class.
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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
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Drops and Adds
The last day to add this course is the end of the first week of classes. The last day to drop this course with a 100 percent refund and no grade reported is (see Academic Calendar). The last day to drop this course with no refund and no grade reported is (see Academic Calendar). You should immediately make a copy of your amended schedule to verify you have added or dropped this course.
Note on Attendance
Students who fail to attend the first four class sessions or class by the fifth day of the semester, whichever occurs first, may be dropped from the course
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