Monday, May 5, 2008

Spring, Week 5 Meeting -- Part I

Introduction, Orientation

At this meeting, we were very lucky to have Professor Jonatha
n Lear visit as our guest speaker. (You can find out more about his work here). Prof. Lear's most recent book, Radical Hope, uses the historical example of the Crow chief, Plenty Coups, to explore the collapse of a way of life and the question of how to live with this possibility. We can read this text as an attempt to come to terms with what Heidegger means by authentic being-towards-death. Kate suggested that we can map the three chapters of Radical Hope on to the first three chapters of Division II of Being and Time in the following way (click on the table to see it full-size):

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