General Thoughts

Block Seminar in Augsburg, Germany, Today and Tomorrow (9:00-17:00)

The final title for the topic is Heidegger and Arendt on World, Nature, and “Earth Alienation.” I’m putting this here to refer students, but also for those interested. I’ll put up the lecture notes I typed up once I can give them at least something of an edit.

Here are the readings, then the resources I provided the students. (I do have recorded podcasts on the two major readings already, listed below):

A. Die Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik (Wintersemester 1929/30): § 1-8, 16-18, 39-71, 74-6.
Key issues:
1. What is philosophy?
2. How does this relate to the key question: what is the world (Was ist die Welt?).
3. How does this relate to the key question: what is nature? Or more properly: what is physis? (Was ist die physis?)
3a. Heidegger translates physis not just as Waschen as normally suggested in the secondary literature, but more originally as Walten. We will go over the semantic resonances of the term in German as well as what this could mean.
4. Different relations to the world of humans/animals/rocks.
B. Arendt, The Human Condition (originally published in English; some reference to the German edition): § 1 and 6. § 2 and 5 would be helpful.
1. What are the three aspects of the vita activa of The Human Condition?
2. What are the threats Arendt finds to The Human Condition?
3. What does Arendt mean by world alienation and therefore a world?
4. What does Arendt mean by earth alienation?
5. Some discussion around the relation between the last chapter  and Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology.
Resources:
1. Dorothea Frede, “The Question of Being: Heidegger’s Project,” from Cambridge Companion to Heidegger.
2. I. Thompson, “What is Ontotheology?
3. Stuart Elden, “Heidegger’s Animals,” Continental Philosophy Review (2006) 39: 273–291.
4. My recorded lecture overview of the 1929/30 course.
5. My podcast overview of the whole of The Human Condition is here.
6. BBC In these Times, Hannah Arendt.
7. Paul Voice, “Labor, Work, Action,” in Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts.
8. Siobhan Kattago, “Hannah Arendt on the World,” in Hannah Arendt: Key Concepts.

Some recent NDPR notable reviews

On Ed Casey, Whitehead, new materialisms, etc.:

EDWARD S. CASEY

The World on Edge

Indiana University Press

Reviewed byFred Evans, Duquesne University

2017.12.05

MICHAEL ALLEN GILLESPIE

Nietzsche’s Final Teaching

University of Chicago Press

Reviewed byRobin Small, The University of Melbourne

2017.11.29