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PHIL6067 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:

  • the central issues that the early Heidegger addresses
  • the concepts and arguments that he draws upon
  • how the issues you explore in this module relate to other areas of philosophy
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 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.
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.


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

Teaching methods include - Lectures - In-class discussion - One-on-one consultation with module co-ordinator Learning activities include - Attending classes - Contribution to class discussion - Doing independent research for and writing assessed work

Independent Study117
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Books. H L Dreyfus (1991) Being-in-the-World . Cambridge: The MIT Press S Mulhall (1996) Heidegger and Being and Time . London: Routledge W Blattner (2006) Heidegger’s Being and Time . London: Continuum

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


Assessment Strategy

For MA students taking this module, expectations will be significantly higher than those for year 3 undergraduate students attending the same lectures, and the assessment criteria will accordingly by stricter. In particular students will be required to demonstrate extremely high levels of detailed and accurate exposition, critical engagement, organisation and presentation, with scholarship that draws on appropriate primary literature.


Business case or Essay plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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