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Making Sense of Heidegger
23 to 25 June 2017


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Centre for Phenomenological Studies plans to organize the Summer Workshop on the theme, “Making Sense of Heidegger” in Calicut, Kerala from 23 to 25 June 2017. Faculty members and research scholars who are actively pursuing research in the broad area of phenomenology and existentialism are encourgaed to participate in the workshop. The workshop will be guided by scholars who have years of experience in Heidegger Studies and would lead discussion on themes such as temporality, language, questions arising out of a possible III Division of Being and Time, relevance of Heidegger’s reflection on ontotheology and the question of God, technology & ecological concerns, relevance of Heidegger and the political questions for today.  

Theme of the Workshop

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) continues to evince interest in all corners of the world as he is the most commented philosophers in the Western Philosophical tradition. Heidegger’s idea of language that ‘word follows the path of spirit’ and ‘the sun is always rising in language’ mark a ‘sign, uninterpreted’and which needs to be ‘heard’ points to an orginiary ‘path’ or ‘position’ that recalls a certain doxa, as opposed to certitude, or seeming-appearence of facts. During the workshop we will examine Heidegger’s complicated conception of language both as ‘house of Being’ and ‘pathways’ and shall locate Heidegger’s bends, manoeuvres and moves in his own corpus.

Thomas Sheehan’s new paradigm of understanding Heidegger brought out how the worlding of the being-in-the-world is a kinetic stretched-outness of ex-sistence that transports the futural human being into that ‘between’ in which it belongs and yet remains a stranger. Sheehan called it a journey from one abyss to another. Lee Braver’s further reading of Division III of Being and Time posits this between-ness and stretched out-ness as Kehre or reversal into always already, which is expressed by Heidegger in Ponderings ( II-IV, Black Notebooks 1931-38) as being such that be-ing proves the truth of being.

What is interesting in this paradigm shift from Being to Be-ing is the temporality of ‘preparation and diretedness’ toward the revolution that is more reactionary than futuristic. Heidegger’s support toward a counterrevolutionary regime of Fuhrer changes into a “seeking”  in order to bring ex-sistence to its proper form of clearing (GA 14, 65) that turns away from ‘meaning-giving possibilities’ to the things that are rendered meaningful. This return to things that are rendered meaningful in Division III as a kind of understanding that marks Dasein’s openness to impossibilities.  This is how Heidegger would reverse much of his Nazi inclinations. Heidegger termed openess to idealization of German cultural norms (Jünger) as an impossibility, which is an abandonment of being to be-ing (Grundgeschehnis) (GA 65 112/78). This shift from Being to be-ing, Existence to Es-sistence is also shift from temporality to temporalization of temporality, from worldhood to worlding that turns into what is always-already, from givenness to the possibility of the given that III Division spells out.


The workshop takes note of Heidegger’s notion Ereignis that names “What determines both, time and Being, in their own, that is, in their belonging together” (GA14 24/ 19), but in his 1969 Zur Sache des Denkens, he averred ‘time is not’, while time is ‘giving’. This part of Heidegger’s thinking about time’s opening and closing in language needs to be fully explored by taking into account the critical linkages between time, language and the return to the  pre-orginary character of Being.


The Venue of the Workshop

The Venue of the workshop will be Socio-religious Centre, Calicut, Kerala. Shared accommodation will be available for research scholars. For more information on the venue, please visit: 

Dates of the Workshop

Friday 23 June (9.30 a.m.) to Sunday 25 June (1.00 p.m.)

Short Paper

Participants and research scholars who would like to be part of the workshop should submit a short paper of not more than three pages on any of the themes mentioned by 1 June 2017.

Fees for the Workshop

Rs. 2000/- for board and lodge which includes registration and any course materials. Day-scholars: Rs. 800/- which includes registration and lunch and coffee for all the days

Contact Persons

Dr V.C. Thomas
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Dr Prasenjit Biswas
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Dr E.P. Mathew  
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Dr James Kurian
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