Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time and the Philosophy of Orientation (part 2)

Organized by Dr. Dr. Timon Boehm and Christopher Hill, MA, MA.

Weekly meetings will take place on Mondays 12 – 2 p.m. (US Central Time) beginning on October 23, 2023. There will be 8 seminar sessions.


We offer the second part to our seminar on the relationship of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time and Werner Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation. After comparing Heidegger’s phenomenological analysis of Dasein as being-in-the-world with Stegmaier’s of ‘orientation in a situation’ in fall 2022, we now explore the second half of Being and Time (esp. §§45-71), which develops Dasein’s temporal nature, and relate its guiding philosophical concepts, such as authenticity, resoluteness, call of conscience, and death, to those of the philosophy of orientation. It is instructive to compare the philosophies of Heidegger and Stegmaier, since on the one hand Being and Time prepared the philosophy of orientation in some methodical aspects (especially the phenomenology of everdayness); on the other hand, there are important differences: While both thinkers advocate for the need of a new philosophical language, they reorientate everyday language in different ways. And different from Heidegger, Stegmaier turns against the vocabulary of authenticity and fallenness, since for him orientations are not authentic or inauthentic, but different and more or less successful.

In this seminar, we will track how, in their explorations of everydayness, temporality, and death, Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation aligns with or departs from Heidegger’s Being and Time. The seminar is organized in weekly 2h sessions over 8 weeks. It is discussion based, so participants are expected to read some sections of texts before the meetings. For newcomers, a detailed introduction and summaries will be given. Please apply by October 16, 2023, via the application form below by briefly explaining 1.) your professional and/or academic background, 2.) your philosophical interests, and 3.) your motivation for joining the seminar (max. 100 words per field).

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