Dear Curious Souls,
I’m excitedly preparing for our third existentialism workshop on Martin Heidegger, which begins January 13th, 2018.
Heidegger is one of the most original and important thinkers of the 20th Century. He is also one of the most difficult philosophers to read, as he creates his own vocabulary to articulate his new view of the human condition.
Heidegger does something quite radical in the history of philosophy. He critiques the tradition of Western metaphysics, and overcomes the dualistic (mind-body, subject-object) view of reality which is so central to the way we, in the West, understand ourselves as minds and the world as an aggregate of intrinsically meaningless objects, existing independent of us. Heidegger encourages us to see this dominant view as rather one-sided, concealing the way in which we are originally connected to the things and people of the world in our everyday, practical activities. He uses a description of these practical activities, as they are situated in social-cultural contexts, as a point of departure for revealing how it is that meaning arises in the world, how our own freedom is at work in the projects we select, and how it is that we shape who we are through our own actions. He, furthermore, illuminates how we can take ownership of the lives we are creating for ourselves, and exist with authenticity.
Come with us to:
Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
World Cup Coffee, 1740 NW Glisan, Portland, OR
Learn more and register here.
Monica Vilhauer, founder of Curious Soul Philosophy, designs and leads workshops and retreats that approach philosophy as a way of life.