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PHIL3009 Heidegger

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce and explain some central themes of Heidegger’s early masterpiece, Being and Time. It will explore central concepts such as Being-in-the-world and authenticity and how they relate to established philosophical issues, including external world scepticism, other minds scepticism, the nature of mind, language, self and science.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of central issues that Heidegger addresses and a solid grasp of the concepts and arguments that he draws upon
  • demonstrate a solid grasp of the concepts and arguments Heidegger draws upon
  • relate the issues you explore in this module to other areas of philosophy
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • undertake independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources.
  • work effectively to deadlines.
  • take notes from talks and written materials.
  • contribute to discussion in a critical but dispassionate way.
  • express views clearly and concisely.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interpret, synthesise and criticise complex texts and positions.
  • present ideas, both orally and in writing, clearly and carefully.
  • debate and criticise ideas and arguments in an even-handed fashion.
  • articulate and defend your own views regarding the issues the module concerns.


The content of this module may vary from year to year. Topics that may be covered include: 1) Being-in-the-world; 2) The Questions of Being and of Understanding; 3) The Present-at-hand and the Ready-to-hand; 4) Scepticism and truth; 5) Authenticity, das ‘Man’ and Anxiety; 6) Conscience and time; 7) Guilt, Being-a-whole and Being-towards-death

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Reading the relevant material, attendance at lectures; taking notes; contributing to discussion in lectures; doing research for and working in groups to prepare presentations; doing research for and preparing for the take-home exam; applying techniques and skills learned both inside and outside the module to your reading and writing.

Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Wider reading or practice24
Completion of assessment task22
Follow-up work24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

H L Dreyfus (1991). Being-in-the-World. 

J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson (1962). M Heidegger Being and Time. 

S Mulhall (1996). Heidegger and Being and Time. 

W Blattner (2006). Heidegger’s Being and Time. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2000 words) 60%
Presentation  (20 minutes) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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