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Classical Readings: Heidegger’s Being and Time Division 1


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to BA students in Philosophy (Standaardtraject) and students attending a pre-master’s programme in philosophy.


The course consists in a continuous reading of the first division (out of 2) of Heidegger’s Being and Time with specific emphasis on key passages and particualr emphasis on the legacy of Heidegger’s argumentation.

Course objectives

This course aims to introduce the students to Heidegger’s text as well as give them keys to engage with subsequent phenomenological thought and continental philosophy in general.

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:

  • the Phenomenological Project in general;

  • the Heideggerian project;

  • the question of Being and the Ontological Difference;

  • the relation between Heidegger and some major figures of the history of Philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Hegel).

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • critically engage with Heidegger’s tekst;

  • present a consistent view of the argument in division 1.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2015-2016, BA Wijsbegeerte (Standaardtraject), eerste jaar or tweede jaar.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hours

  • Attending seminars: (14 weeks x 2 hrs): 28 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 30 hours

  • Preparation for seminars: 22 hours

  • Preparation for presentation: 7 hours

  • Preparation for assessment: 38 hours

  • Time for completing the take home exam and paper: 15 hours

Assessment method

  • One 15 minutes pair-presentation (15%)

  • Mid-term take-home exam with a series of short questions, and a one-page text commentary (30%)

  • Final take-home critical paper on one subject chosen from 3 (55%)


The resit will consist in a demanding take-home examination made up of a textual commentary and a critical essay (taken from three questions) covering all sections of the text and some of the secondary literature (as listed below).


We will use Blackboard for posting texts, general information documents (syllabus etc), assignments and updates.

Reading list

  • Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, Trans. Macquarrie and Robinson, Harper and Row, 2008.


  • Martin Heidegger, Sein und Zeit, Neomarius, 1927 & (7th Edition) Niemeyer, 1953.

  • Martin Heidegger, The Basic Problems of Phenomenology, Trans Hofstadter, Indiana UP, 1982.

  • Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics, Trans. Fried, Yale UP, 2014.

  • Magda King, A Guide to Heidegger’s Being and Time, SUNY Press, 2001.
    Reiner Schurmann, Heidegger on Being and Acting, Indiana UP, 1987.
    Reiner Schurmann and Simon Critchley, On Heidegger’s Being and Time, Routledge, 2008.


Please register for this course via Study administration system uSis
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Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. F. Chouraqui