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Heidegger – from Dasein to Kehre


Admission requirements

  • Students in the BA programme Philosophy: first year BA has been successfully completed.

  • Prerequisites for students from other departments (including contractstudenten): first year BA has been successfully completed as well as the following course(s) in philosophy: Ancient Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy.

This course has a limited number of places available for students from other departments.


This course examines the development of Heidegger’s question to the meaning of Being from the famous and influential Sein und Zeit to Zeit und Sein. This means that we will first focus on Heidegger’s understanding of the question of time, the influence of Husserlian phenomenology and the notions of inauthenticity and authenticity. Close attention will be given to Heidegger’s understanding of the history of philosophy and the necessity for its ‘destruction.’ These topics will give us a profound understanding of Dasein and the ontological difference. We will then be capable of comprehending the radical turn (Kehre) in Heidegger’s thought. This will lead us to an understanding of the ‘Ereignis’ and the task of thinking.

Course objectives

This course aims to provide students not only with an understanding of Heidegger’s thought, but also with knowledge of his place witin the history of philosophy and his questioning of this very history.

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

  • Heidegger’s thought in Sein und Zeit and his later works.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • understand Sein und Zeit and some of Heidegger’s subsequent works;

  • understand Heidegger’s position in the history of philosophy;

  • interpret and criticize his thinking both in writing and orally.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2014-2015, BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject or Standaardtraject), derde jaar.
See Timetables Philosophy 2014-2015 , Timetable Undergraduate Courses in English

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course Load

Total course load (10 ECTS credits): 280 hours
Attending lectures and seminars: 42 hours
Studying the compulsory literature: 56 hours
Completing assignments: 20 hours
Two papers (including reading / research): 162 hours

Assessment method

  • Midterm paper (40%)

  • Final paper (60%)

Class preparation and attendance are required and are conditions for submission of the papers.

One resit will be offered, covering one or both of the papers.


Blackboard will be used for posting texts and course information.

Reading list

  • Martin Heidegger, Being and Time. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1962.

  • Other texts will be posted on Blackboard.

Although the course will be offered in English, it is highly recommended to purchase the German Sein und Zeit.


Please register for this course on uSis.
See Inschrijven voor cursussen en tentamens
See Registration for courses and examinations

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the collegerooster in the column under the heading “”.

Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte: not applicable


Dr. R. Uljée